Wenger To Make 9 Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Cologne

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The last time Arsenal played at this level at the outset of a season, Arsene Wenger hadn't yet won his first trophy at Highbury and Reiss Nelson, a player generating great expectation ahead of his likely arrival on the continental scene, hadn't been born.

It's going to be interesting to see who plays on the right as with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sold to Liverpool we don't really have any established back-up options for Hector Bellerin.

Koln, too, made it to the Europa League group stage automatically, by finishing fifth in Bundesliga last season.

Chelsea are heading into the game on the back of a huge win in their Champions League campaign, and after making up for a disappointing opening game in the Premier League as well.

Hector Bellerin insists Arsenal should not be ruled out of winning the Premier League despite enduring a hard start to the season.

Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette all sat out the open training session on Wednesday. "Three days is plenty of time to recover".

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The Spain global told Sky Sports: "The season before was not a good one for them [Chelsea]". Wednesday night or Thursday night is no problem.

"In training he is getting stronger, that's what we want", Wenger said of the midfielder. If he is injury-free, he will come back to his best.

Meanwhile, the likes of David Ospina, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are all in contention to make their first start of the season.

However, Giroud has shown time and again that he offers a completely different sets of skills that no other player in the Arsenal squad can boast of.

"For a striker it's always important to score, the statistics are very important, and I keep it in a part of my mind, but the most important thing for me is to win and after that the goals will come", he said.

"[The] Europa League is a very important competition for us".

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