'Perfect' Chelsea send huge warning to Arsenal ahead of crunch clash

Did Arsenal get it wrong in the transfer window or are people overreacting

Arsenal kick off their Europa League campaign with a visit from Bundesliga outfit Cologne tomorrow, and manager Wenger is set to rest several key stars for the fixture.

Bellerin, however, believes there are good reasons to be optimistic after the Gunners put those setbacks behind them in securing a convincing 3-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday (9 September).

While they lost that final to Galatasaray, it appears certain now that Wenger is taking an nearly League Cup approach to the Europa and saving his first-teamers for the knockout stages of the competition.

"Lacazette has already proved that he can makes the difference", he told IBTimes.

Manchester City were thought to be keen on signing Sanchez before the transfer window closed, but Arsenal refused to sell their talisman and instead kept hold of the 28-year-old.

"He didn't start [against Bournemouth] after returning from worldwide duty".

"Our focus is on the Thursday's game".

The London side host Germany's Cologne in Europe's second-tier competition on Thursday and Cech, who won the title with Chelsea in the 2012-13 season, said the club must take a call on how they approach the tournament.

"It is a very important match to start the Europa League on the right foot". It's a competition that we know we can win and we're going to go fight as much as in the other competitions to do it.

FC Koln do not appear a huge threat on paper, but players can often be lifted by a big occasion and against a side who are expected to win, and we mustn't get complacent.



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