Arsenal must decide if they want Europa League success, says Cech

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

The Gunners begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday night at the Emirates Stadium.

And he looks set to return to the starting line-up for tomorrow's Euro clash with German side Cologne.

Manchester City were thought to be keen on signing Sanchez before the transfer window closed, but Arsenal refused to sell their talisman and instead kept hold of the 28-year-old.

Europa League glory would guarantee a Champions League place next season but Wenger believes the best way to qualify is via the Premier League.

Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka were all absent at London Colney, appearing to confirm that they will all sit out of the Gunners' opening Europa League encounter.

Those seven players all missed Arsenal's training session on Wednesday.

Arsenal will rest at least seven key first-team players as Arsene Wenger prepares to follow through on his promise that the Europa League would take a backseat.

Jack Wilshere is in line to receive his first Arsenal start of the season against Cologne since he's returned from his loan spell at Bournemouth.

Arsenal travel to face reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on Super Sunday so a much-changed side was always anticipated.

Per Mertesacker, Theo Walcott and David Ospina are just three more squad members who could be handed much-needed minutes.

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