5 fine reasons why Arsenal should enjoy the Europa League

14 September, 2017, 01:17 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Hector Bellerin has claimed that Arsenal can still win the Premier League title this season - and has used Chelsea as an example of how the Gunners can do so.

And he believes there is no reason why Arsenal can not return to the European high table through the Premier League despite heightened competition in the top tier of English football.

Manchester United made a winning start to their Champions League campaign against Basel on Wednesday, having reached the tournament by winning the Europa League, but Wenger has not changed his view on where the competition should lie in his priorities.

"That's a very private decision", Giroud told reporters in the Gunners's press conference ahead of their Europa League opener against Koln.

Peter Stoger's side finished a strong fifth in the Bundesliga last season, albeit 13 points behind fourth-placed Hoffenheim. Despite their youth, all 5 players were either already featuring regularly for the first team, or possessed the talent that left few in doubt as to whether or not they soon would be. Who will come out on top? "People expect a lot", Wenger said of the Englishman. The initial signs from Wenger are fairly encouraging, with Petr Cech, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey all rested.


Francis Coquelin misses out with a hamstring injury sustained during Saturday's 3-0 win over Bournemouth while Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.

In the midfield, Jack Wilshere may partner Mohamed Elneny.

On Giroud, who is one goal away from scoring 100 for Arsenal, the manager added: "I don't want him to feel uneasy".

"Obviously for a striker it's always important to score, the statistics are very important, and I keep it in a part of my mind", he said.

Nacho Monreal could also be given a rest ahead of Chelsea so Rob Holding may come in to the side but Shkodran Mustafi could retain his place as he looks to get back to his best following a hard start to the season. Rob Holding and Alex Iwobi will be in the frame, whilst the ever impressive Reiss Nelson should be in the squad.

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