First-team regulars sit out Arsenal training ahead of Europa League match

Last updated : 13 September 2017



The Gunners welcome Bundesliga outfit Cologne to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night as the reality of a first season without Champions League football since 1997/98 hits home

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 travel to face reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday so a much-changed side was always anticipated

Alexis Sanchez did train and could be involved as Wenger aims to improve the Chilean's fitness

Jack Wilshere also took part and may make his first Arsenal appearance in 383 days following last season's loan spell at Bournemouth

Arsenal have not played in this competition since losing the 2000 UEFA Cup final to Galatasaray but it could be seen as a route back to the Champions League

Manchester United won the Europa League last season to qualify for the Champions League and, with a battle for a top-four Premier League finish likely to be more competitive than ever, Wenger may eventually be tempted to look at the same path

Source : PA

Source: PA

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