Arsene Wenger: 'Premier League is the priority'

Hector Bellerin

Arsenal embark on a Europa League campaign when Cologne visit the Emirates on Thursday night.

"We don't calculate that this is a way to get back in there, we have for 20 years done that in the Premier League".

David Ospina is meanwhile set to start in goal, whilst some of Arsenal's young talents could get game time.

Cologne captain Matthias Lehmann believes the Bundesliga side remain the underdogs in their Europa League clash with Arsenal even though the Gunners will make sweeping changes. Ozil and Ramsey are rested.

Asked whether Wilshere will start against the Germans, he said: "I don't give the team out today - I will give it out tomorrow".

He said: "The season before was not a good one for them [Chelsea]".

The Gunners will be considered as one of the main teams in contention for this season's Europa League, and should qualify comfortably from a group that also contains BATE Borisov and Red Star Belgrade.

'We have a situation in which last season we had a great season and because of the results we deserve to play these games now, ' he said.

Manchester United won the competition in May and returned to the Champions League despite finishing sixth in the Premier League table and many believe Arsenal should take the competition seriously.

The French global has has scored 99 goal across all competitions and is hoping to reach his number 100 for the club, during his side's Europa League group stage match against FC Koln at North London on Thuesday.

But equally, resting his best players is likely the best way to help Arsenal return to the Champions League as they chase a top four finish.

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.

"For us we are lucky to have good squad depth and I think we have enough players to face both competitions with the right team and still have the right amount of quality players on the pitch".

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