Arsenal vs Cologne: Gunners Begin Their Europa League Title Quest

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For the first time in nearly twenty years, Arsene Wenger and his men will be playing in the Europa League after finishing outside the top four in the Premier League last season.

The Gunner welcome German Bundesliga side FC Cologne to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night in what is surely expected to be a trilling encounter.

Despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on Europe’s most prestigious club competition – The UEFA Champions League, Wenger has come out to reveal his commitment to the Europa League – with his sole aim of lifting the title come May next year.

Wenger’s comment has given fans a lift in their hopes of lifting a major European title as well as the added advantage of a direct route into the group stage of next season’s UEFA Champions League campaign.

Winning the Europa League will not be an easy feat to achieve for the Gunners, as teams in the competition such as AC Milan, Villarreal, Dynamo Kyiv, Lyon, Everton, Marseille, Athletic Bilbao, Lazio, Nice, Real Sociedad and Zenith St. Petersburg are expected to provide stiff competition for Arsenal going forward.

Any one of these teams can cause an upset to Arsenal’s chances of winning the title. However, many pundits and sports betting sites such as Betfair free bet are backing Arsenal to go all the way to win the 2017/2018 Europa League title. It will be difficult, but very possible as Wenger has all the firepower to mount a strong challenge for the Europa League.

The boss has spoken about his intention to rotate his squad across all competition this season, and so we expect to see more versatility in our approach to every opponent in the Europa League this season – a decision which will prove key going forward in the campaign.

Yes, Arsenal are among the favourites to win the 2017/2018 Europa League title, but first, the Gunners must see off Cologne comfortably to send out a statement of intent going forward in the competition.

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