Preview: 1. FC Köln v Arsenal

Arsenal are cruising in a Europa League and can secure their place in a subsequent turn when they face Köln during RheinEnergieStadion on Thursday.

Europa League
23 Nov 2017
Kick-off 20:00 CET
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion

Referee: V. Bezborodov
Assistants: V. Danchenko, M. Gavrilin
Fourth official: A. Lunev

Head-to-head summary

Köln 3 0 0 3
Arsenal 3 3 0 0

Previous encounter

Arsenal 3-1 Köln 14/09/2017 (Europa League)

Arsenal goalscorers: S. Kolasinic (49′) A. Sanchez (67′) H. Bellerin (81′)
Köln goalscorers: J. Cordoba (9′)

Players to watch

The Europa League is not a vast understanding for Arsenal, conjunction a bar nor a fans, notwithstanding what they might contend about holding it seriously. But for Jack Wilshere a foe is a possibility to shine.

The English midfielder is still perplexing to rebound behind from his countless damage woes, and has used a continental theatre to make his many successful forays behind into a initial team. Another autocratic opening in western Germany will assistance him to force his approach behind into Arsene Wenger’s first-choice XI.

Few Köln players can contend that they’ve been personification well, deliberation a team’s joining position and form, though if their injury-ravaged side is to attain they will need their artistic talents, like midfielders Leonardo Bittencourt and Milos Jojic, to be during their best.

Team form and quotes

They Gunners didn’t need to be during their best to win their initial 3 Group H matches on a trot, before being hold to a 0-0 pull in their second compare opposite Serbian side Red Star Belgrade. They now need usually another indicate to secure their standing as organisation winners.

Köln, on a other hand, are bottom of a organisation carrying mislaid their initial 3 matches, though their many new outing, a 5-2 win over BATE Borisov, gives them a shot during redemption. They can, maybe, make it to a subsequent round, though will need to give their home fans 3 points to mount any possibility of avoiding elimination.

As distant as joining form goes, Arsenal enter a compare off of a 2-0 derby win over Tottenham. They have won 5 of their final seven, with a other dual being defeats, to lay sixth in a Premier League standings.

A post common by Arsenal Official (@arsenal) on Nov 22, 2017 during 8:09am PST

Köln, meanwhile, are rock-bottom of a Bundesliga with usually dual points to their name after pang 10 defeats already this season.

The progressing assembly between a dual sides, during a Emirates Stadium in London behind in September, saw Arsenal brush to a 3-1 win. But they usually pulled themselves together in a second half after Jhon Cordoba had put a German visitors ahead, before second-half goals from Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez, and Hector Bellerin incited a tie around.

Looking forward to a match, Köln manager Peter Stöger pronounced that “it is positively a vast challenge, though we wish to use a event we have to sojourn in this competition. We are still in it.”

German defender Per Mertesacker has challenged his team-mates to broach a same power they showed in a north London derby on Saturday.

“I consider it was a shining instance of us bringing it all – fans and players together,” Mertesacker said.

“It was a good atmosphere and poetic to see how we were together in each singular situation. Even in a stands, on a dais or indeed on a field, we seemed to be together.

“The power was good from a start and we consider it is tellurian on those occasions that we give 20 per cent more. we consider it is like that.

“But we wish to reproduce, generally on Thursday. They set a good instance for us, those players who came in. We saw that power and to repeat that tomorrow and Sunday will be a big, vast plea for us. But we welcome it.”

A post common by Arsenal Official (@arsenal) on Nov 22, 2017 during 6:31am PST

Team news

In organisation news, Wenger could be set to stagger his team, definition that Wilshere and Olivier Giroud could feature, a latter carrying missed their latest compare with a knee injury. Theo Walcott is a doubt with illness, while Santi Cazorla stays on a sidelines.

The damage list of longer for Stoger, with Jonas Hector, Simon Zoller, and Dominique Heintz all set to skip out while there are serve doubts on a aptness of Marco Hoger, Marcel Risse, Christian Clemens and Nikolas Nartey.

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