Everything you need to know about Arsenal’s first match in the Europa league against Koln this season.
Arsen will play tomorrow against FC Koln in Europa league group stages for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s era, and since more than 20 years. Wenger said in a press conference that he wants to give the chance to the young stars to show their talent. However, senior players present is a must.
When and where is the match?
When: The match will be on Thursday, September 14 at 8:05PM BST.
Where: Emirates Stadium
Who will play?
Arsenal will play against Chelsea in the weekend, which forces Wenger to play different players from who will play mostly against Chelsea. However, Wenger needs to try some new formations like Sanchez and Lacazette together in order to play them against Chelsea. Wenger said as well that Wilshere may feature in the match as well as Reiss Nelson.
We predict the starting Xl to be as follows:
Goalkeeper: David Ospina
Defenders: Ron Holding (captain), Per Metsaker, and Calum Chambers.
Midfielders: Reiss Nelson, Elnenny,Wilshere,and Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Forward: Walcott,Sanchez,and Giroud
Will Alexis Sanchez Play 90 minutes?
Sanchez needs some playing time to recover his fitness and sharpness, even though he played two matches with Chile this month, but he didn’t play since his participation in the Confederations Cup Final in early July, two months ago. Sanchez should also have some play time with Lacazette as well.
Arsenal has a golden opportunity to have a great win against the shaky Koln who lost its last three league games, and go to Chelsea match with high confidence. Arsenal should easily win by 3 goals difference.
It’s the first time in Wenger’s era that Arsenal plays in the Europa League group stages.