Arsenal find themselves out of the Champions League for the first-time under Arsene Wenger this season and the squad will have to adjust to playing on Thursday evenings in Europe.
The Gunners will look towards Manchester United’s victory in the competition last year as inspiration this season, although the majority have made it clear that the campaign on the continent should be prioritised beneath the Premier League campaign.
Arsenal cannot afford to make too many changes for their opening match against Koln though following a poor start to the new season, where they’ve lost two of four matches, but alterations do need to be made as the Gunners face the stern test of a trip to face defending champions Chelsea on Sunday.
Wenger has a strong squad at his disposal though and the Europa League campaign can provide the opportunity for players outside of the established first-team XI the chance to shine, with fans make it clear they want to see two players feature in particular.
Hope Wenger rotates the squad heavily for Koln. Midfield of El Neny-Wilshere. Chambers, Per and Holding in defence. And Giroud upfront
— WengerIN (@paunchypro) September 11, 2017
Wenger has said that with Coquelin out, Wilshere has an increased chance to start. Hopefully he starts against Koln midweek.
— Renato (@th14Renato) September 10, 2017
Wilshere Elneny pivot vs Koln on Thursday
— Open mike eagle (@0luwatoba) September 10, 2017
Players I wanna see vs Koln: Iwobi, Nelson, Wilshere
— Brian. (@VivaLaLemar) September 9, 2017
My team v Koln: Ospina; Holding Per Chambers; Nelson Wilshere Elneny Monreal; Walcott Iwobi Giroud
— Ahmed (@Ahmed91Gooner) September 11, 2017
Reiss Nelson should be in the team to face Koln. #EuropaLeague
— 9jagooners (@9jaGooners) September 11, 2017
Will Reiss Nelson start vs Koln and if so in what position? 💭 https://t.co/utVlcj5iwA
— Alexandre (@DonLacazette) September 11, 2017
Can't wait to see the starting team for Thursday's match. I hope that @ReissNelson9 will be in it. This guy has great potential.
— Antonis Roid (@aRoiboss) September 12, 2017
One highlight of being in the Europa League I'm really looking forward to having a proper look at Reiss Nelson
— dave lynch (@dav38125) September 12, 2017
— gooner2929 (@gooner2929) September 12, 2017
I really want to see likes of Reiss Nelson and other youngsters get some game time in Europa League.
— Chew Chin Sian (@chinsian) September 12, 2017