Arsenal should use Europa League to give chances to young talent


If left out of the squad entirely for Thursday's Europa League clash with Cologne, Wilshere's Arsenal career could be in serious jeopardy.

While Lehmann insists the game can be separated from their poor league form, the 34-year-old admits Arsenal will still be strong despite the expected alterations to their starting line-up. "He was injured at the end of last season so he came back later than everybody else".

Hector Bellerin is confident Arsenal can reproduce Chelsea's success of last season by overcoming a shaky start to the 2017-18 campaign to clinch the Premier League title. "In three days you can recover". Those players, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain represented what the fans and Wenger hoped would become the spine of his modern day Arsenal squad.

"Every game is an opportunity for him", said Wenger.

He added: "Teams like Leicester and Chelsea, they didn't have any midweek games [when they won the Premier League] so obviously players will get more rest and just play at the weekend. When you play Wednesday-Saturday it's similar to Thursday-Sunday".

Arsenal will be hoping to make a swift return to the Champions League and have two avenues to do so.

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"He had been out so many times after suffering bad tackles and had just come back from a fracture".

The competition could, possibly, also provide the Gunners with an alternative route into next season's Champions League, an opportunity that Manchester United took up with aplomb last term.

"That's a very private decision", Giroud told reporters in the Gunners's press conference ahead of their Europa League opener against Koln. "He has shown that he is a very risky player and he makes those around him better", he said.

Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere both trained on Wednesday and could be involved in Arsenal's opening Europa League match.

"The club gave me a lot and I [wanted to] give it back, and I still want to improve again and again and win some more trophies for the club".