Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Wenger will not use Arsenal´s Europa League match as Chelsea excuse

Jose Mourinho GETTY Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has been hailed by Joey Barton
Elias Hubbard | 14 September, 2017, 01:17

The Hard Tackle, therefore, predicts a hard-fought 1-0 win for the North London outfit to kickstart their Europa League campaign on a positive note.

"There was always a huge pressure on him to come back".

"We've got at least two good teams and a lot of competition".

Arsenal are making their debut in the UEFA Europa League group stage, having missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time under Arsene Wenger.

Wenger refused to say whether Wilshere will start, but said the midfielder is getting "stronger and stronger every day" after recovering from an ankle fracture suffered towards the end of last season while on loan at Bournemouth.

"We will take it seriously but the priority is to focus on the Premier League and combining the two", said Wenger.

"We played on Wednesday night in Barcelona and against Everton on Saturday morning".

'This is a challenge but in the Bundesliga we have played against teams with similar qualities as Arsenal'.

Many are calling for youngster Reiss Nelson to be given a chance but I think Wenger will ease the teenager in to action from the bench so we could see Theo Walcott deployed in an unfamiliar role. "Every game is an opportunity for him and this season is a good opportunity for him as well".

"That's a very private decision", Giroud told reporters in the Gunners's press conference ahead of their Europa League opener against Koln. Jose Mourinho took a risk in placing all his eggs in the Europa League basket past year and was ultimately rewarded as his Manchester United team beat Ajax in the final, booked a spot in the Champions League group stage and added another item to the club's trophy cabinet. We know that if we have the possibility of winning it, we will return to the Champions League next year, which is one of our targets.

That does not necessarily mean it will be a team of inexperienced youngsters as Jack Wilshere could make a long-awaited comeback while Alexis Sanchez may feature as he strives for match sharpness. "We got 75 points previous year and overall, I am humble enough to be happy to win every competition".

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