Arsenal are preparing for their first season without Champions League football since 1997/98 as they welcome FC Cologne for there first match at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger is set to rotate his squad for Arsenal’s Europa League opener against Cologne today. Seven first-team regulars sat out training on Wednesday, Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka did not train with the matchday squad despite all being match fit.
Arsenal and Cologne have never met in any official competition before, but they have played a pair of friendlies before. Both of them were played in Cologne, and both were won by the Gunners. In 2012, they won 0-4 and in 2011 they won 1-2.
Following their 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, the Gunners will be heavy favourites going into the match.
Koln are coming from a 3 – 0 loss away in the Bundesliga. They started their domestic campaign pretty bad. After three weeks they have three losses, and only one goal scored. Currently, they are the bottom-ranked team in Germany.