Arsenal should use Europa League to give chances to young talent

Hector Bellerin

Arsenal finished outside the top four last season for the first time in two decades and will be playing in the Europa League for the first time on Thursday after years of regular Champions League football.

The Gunners defeated Bournemouth 3-0 in the Premier League last weekend and should be considered favorites to earn all three points vs Koln as well.

"I believe as well there was always a huge pressure on him to come back as quickly as possible and to expect a lot". "He was injured so was a bit behind, but now he is getting better".

This season's Europa League represents a golden opportunity for Wenger to finally win European silverware for his club. 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.

"It is a good opportunity to show we can cope", Wenger said.




"We played Wednesday night in Barcelona and Saturday morning at Everton [in March 2016] and we won". It gives the team a foundation of players that have grown up inside the culture and traditions of the club, something that Arsene Wenger considers very important to sustaining the Gunners long term. Latvian striker Artjoms Rudnevs is the only player the Koln boss does not have at his disposal ahead of the trip to Emirates on Thursday, missing out due to illness.

Alexis Sanchez trained today so he's expected to be in the squad and Wenger may give him the chance to build on his match fitness as he's only started one Arsenal game so far this season - although I think it would be a risk ahead of the Chelsea game.

"It's true that I was close to leaving the club because I said that I wanted to play, but after a big reflection with everybody around me like my family and my close friends in a supportive way, I wanted to stay at Arsenal and I thought the story was not over", he said.

"He had been out so many times after suffering bad tackles and had just come back from a fracture". There should only be one focus this season and the Europa League is not it. "We got 75 points past year and overall, I am humble enough to be happy to win every competition".

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