Starting Lineup & Match Preview: Arsenal vs Cologne- 17-year-old Starts

Goonersden brings you news from top football news sites from the likes of ESPN, SkySport, Daily Mail, Daily Star and Metro… We also Analyse football, player, transfer and predict Arsenal starting line-up.

Arsene Wenger is set to rotate his squad for Arsenal’s Europa League opener against Cologne on Thursday.

Seven first-team regulars sat out training on Wednesday ahead of the German side’s visit to the Emirates in Group H.

Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka did not train with the matchday squad despite all being match fit.

The Gunners are expected to make changes with an eye on facing defending Premier League champions Chelsea.

“It is a good opportunity to show we can cope,” Wenger said. “We have played on a Wednesday night in Barcelona and against Everton on a Saturday morning.

“When you play Wednesday-Saturday it is similar to Thursday-Sunday. It is a preconceived idea, football is down to how you perform on the day. Three days is plenty of time to recover.

“This [Europa League] is not our best chance of a return [to the Champions League]. It is one of the opportunities. I think the best way to do it is through the Premier League but we want to win every competition we play.” - Football tactics and formations

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>