Wenger To Make 9 Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Cologne

The Arsenal manager said, "a few players have had some response to playing two global games like Ozil and Ramsey, so they are rested completely". Latvian striker Artjoms Rudnevs is the only player the Koln boss does not have at his disposal ahead of the trip to Emirates on Thursday, missing out due to illness. He is getting stronger and stronger every day.

Hopefully for Arsenal fans, the final few chapters are just a little bit more gripping. If he is injury-free, he will come back to his best. Up front, Yuya Osako will be the key player for Stoger to test the Arsenal defence, alongside strike partner Jhon Cordoba.

The last time Arsenal played at this level at the outset of a season, Arsene Wenger hadn't yet won his first trophy at Highbury and Reiss Nelson, a player generating great expectation ahead of his likely arrival on the continental scene, hadn't been born. Alexandre Lacazette's arrival in the summer had deemed him a backup choice at best, but Danny Welbeck's upturn in form is now threatening to put the Frenchman into the periphery.

"Every game is an opportunity for him and this season is a good opportunity for him as well".

Hector Bellerin is confident Arsenal can reproduce Chelsea's success of last season by overcoming a shaky start to the 2017-18 campaign to clinch the Premier League title. Sometimes it takes time while other clubs use money.

Arsene Wenger's men however, bounced back with a convincing 3-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, meaning Arsenal have taken six points from their opening four Premier League matches.

"The disadvantage is of course that he was out of the game for a long time, but there are advantages as well", he said.

Wenger has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil will miss the game and be rested with Chelsea at the weekend in mind.

In the attacking third, the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez will probably get the nod to start behind Olivier Giroud.

  • Fernando Stephens