Wilshere looking good ahead of Arsenal return - Wenger

Wilshere looking good ahead of Arsenal return - Wenger

The north London side finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League spot for the first time under Arsene Wenger.

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.

The Billy Goats, as they are nicknamed, have faced Arsenal before in European competition, playing Bertie Mee's Arsenal in the semi-finals of the European Fairs Cup during the club's first double season in 1970/71. Players knew that we had to give our 100% against Bournemouth because we had to win no matter what.

"On the injury front we have no big problems, a few players have some response to the fact they played two worldwide games like Ozil and Ramsey, who are rested completely. Three days is plenty of time to recover".

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

And ahead of the visit of Cologne, Iwobi stated that he is set to return to action for the Gunners.




While they lost that final to Galatasaray, it appears certain now that Wenger is taking an nearly League Cup approach to the Europa and saving his first-teamers for the knockout stages of the competition.

It could be useful as a platform on which to develop young talents and give much-needed match practice to others, but results should not be paramount. "This season is a good opportunity for him as well".

A trip to Chelsea on Sunday is hardly an ideal start for their first follow-up fixture, but Wenger said: "When you play Wednesday-Saturday it's similar to Thursday-Sunday".

Chelsea are heading into the game on the back of a huge win in their Champions League campaign, and after making up for a disappointing opening game in the Premier League as well.

Olivier Giroud appeared in front of the media alongside Wenger and is expected to play, while Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin trained with the squad as part of the club's pre-match preparations.

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