Tonight they will kick off their Europa League campaign with the visit of Bundesliga side Cologne, and nothing short of another emphatic win will do for Arsène Wenger’s men.
Cologne finished an impressive fifth in the German top flight last season but, following the loss of star striker Anthony Modeste – the former Blackburn Rovers flop moved to the Chinese Super League this summer – they sit rock bottom of their domestic table after three games this term, with no points to their name.
Here at Football Whispers, we utilise a unique algorithm to predict the likely line-up of every upcoming game. At the top of the page, you can see how we expect Wenger to send out his side on Thursday night.
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The Europa League may not be where Arsenal want to be this season, but, as Manchester United demonstrated last term, the continent’s secondary competition can, if taken seriously, act as a springboard back into the Champions League.
The race for a top-four Premier League finish has only grown tougher this year, and the Gunners have underwhelmed with their summer transfer business, despite keeping hold of star man and Manchester City target Alexis Sánchez.
With that in mind, Wenger would be well served investing his focus in the Europa League, with Arsenal currently the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the trophy at the end of the campaign.