Wilshere, Walcott among the players with Europa League points to prove

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Obviously. Perhaps that is the problem at the Emirates these days - there is so little for the fans to get excited about.

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

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has spoken about nearly joining Everton during the summer transfer window.

If Arsenal fail to perform, Wenger will not be blaming the Cologne game - for which Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will be rested - as he feels there is enough time to recover.

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"Look at how Chelsea began last season and how they ended up winning the title", Bellerin recalled.

London derbies rarely go according to form, but with the Premier League champions making five changes to their starting line-up in midweek, and still completely controlling their European opponents, there is huge cause for concern. Indeed, they could prove an obstacle to more important endeavours. Danny Welbeck, who at that time was still a player in the Manchester United youth setup.

Wenger, though, urged both Wilshere and Arsenal fans to remain patient. For every world class performance he puts on, as he did against Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup Final, there is an absolute shocker, as against Liverpool just over 2 weeks ago, waiting in the not too distant future. Jack Wilshere, if fit, is another who could get the chance to shine in this competition.

That could open the door for Jack Wilshere to make his first start for Arsenal in over 13 months as he looks to rebuild his career following another fractured leg. He has been injured at the start of the season so he was a bit behind the others.

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Wenger's side begin their Europa League campaign at home to Bundesliga side FC Koln tomorrow night.

'Each club have its own resources and its way of working. Bringing homegrown, English born players through the academy has obvious advantages for the club.

"The club believe in me a lot and I think I give it back".

Meanwhile young Spanish defender Jorge Mere, who came off the bench at the weekend, could be in contention for his first start after arriving from Sporting Gijon in the summer.

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