Arsene Wenger speaks about Europa League issues ahead of Chelsea clash

Cologne captain Matthias Lehmann insists Arsenal are favourites for their Europa League clash

"We needed this win definitely because we had a tough start, but with the two away games it was not easy and we wanted to bounce back as we can and it was a great, strong character response", he said somewhat predictably. Arsene Wenger's men come into this match on the back of a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

"He was injured at the start of the season from last season, so he was a bit behind the other players but he's getting better and better".

Petr Cech of Arsenal and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger celebrate with the trophy following the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

The Gunners take on the Bundesliga side at the Emirates, just three days before the trip to London rivals, Chelsea. Those players, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain represented what the fans and Wenger hoped would become the spine of his modern day Arsenal squad.

Questioned by IBTimes UK whether he believes this Arsenal side is good enough to win the Premier League, Bellerin said: "If we did not think that we could win the title, what we would we be doing here?" The most important is to win and after that the goals will come if we play well and play our game. The team which started at Highbury that night was essentially that which delivered the double: David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Adams, Steve Bould, Nigel Winterburn, Ray Parlour, Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieira, Marc Overmars, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already revealed he will rest senior players for the match
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already revealed he will rest senior players for the match

"It's always nice to have good players alongside you".

"It is not the best chance but one of the opportunities", he told reporters today.

The Europa League is indeed worth taking seriously for the Gunners.

Arsenal will be hoping to make a swift return to the Champions League and have two avenues to do so.

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". "We got 75 points previous year and overall, I am humble enough to be happy to win every competition".

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