Continental football returns to our screens this week but Arsenal find themselves in unfamiliar water, as Arsene Wenger’s side are not in Europe’s elite competition this season and instead play in the Europa League.
The Gunners commence their campaign tomorrow evening against Bundesliga outfit FC Koln, playing in Europe for the first-time in 25 years, and Arsenal are tipped amongst the early favourites to win the competition outright.
Following Manchester United’s success in the Europa League last season, Arsenal are eyeing glory of their own but they may need to do it without some key players as Wenger has made it clear rotation is likely this week.
It cannot be seen as a direct indication of Arsenal’s intent in the competition though as the Gunners face a crucial Premier League clash against Chelsea this Sunday, where Wenger’s men will look to pick up their first points on the road this season.
Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Chris Wheatley revealed some interesting team news ahead of tomorrow’s game, stating that Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck would all be rested tomorrow- earning a variety of responses from fans.
Wtf is wrong with wenger
— Bhavya Jain (@cedsc) September 13, 2017
The sad thing is Arsenal are not good enough to rest Players😐
— The Arsenal (@KYEkye45) September 13, 2017
We are not serious 😒
— BOOM-XHAKA-LACA (@Tsoli07) September 13, 2017
Idiotic. Europa the most realistic route to champions league
— MindTheGap (@thegallowgate) September 13, 2017
Trust the squad
The wage outlay alone demands we test the mettle of others
Get backup game ready for when inevitable injuries hit
— Adam Rivellini (@AdamRivellini) September 13, 2017
Good give a chance for other players to "step up"
— Matt Watts (@Wattson_) September 13, 2017
Sanchez isn't yeess
— JOSHUA WALLACE (@_Josaya) September 13, 2017
Should have rested sanchez as well
— vintageMessi🌟 (@JohnMtaita) September 13, 2017
Could Arsene be more obvious he doesn't care about the Europa League???…Matter of fact, I believe he said as much…
— Erad Reece (@EradReece) September 13, 2017
Ozil can have his rest at Stamford bridge like he normally does
— Blood On The Tracks (@SuperDon77) September 13, 2017
Good. Pointless competition. The sooner we are out the better.
— Garreth Hayes (@garrethhayes) September 13, 2017