Arsene Wenger wants to see a strong performance from his second choice eleven against Cologne, and won’t accept anything less.
A much-changed Arsenal team is expected to take to the field in Germany as they look to win the group. Having already qualified for the round of 32 thanks to a 0-0 draw with Red Star Belgrade, the temptation will be to write this game off as a dead rubber.
However, Arsene Wenger has insisted that his team wants to win, and expects to see a good performance from them. “We are Arsenal. We want to always win. We are always under pressure,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“It is very important that we also show a good performance tomorrow. To the players that came, that travelled with us here, they of course want to show off.
“They want to present themselves. It’s important to see the players, to have a feeling for them, and to see who I’m going to put on the pitch.
“If we compare the two teams from Saturday and the players who will come in tomorrow, it is difficult to say who wants to win more out of these two teams.”
None of the players who defeated Tottenham on Saturday are expected to feature against Cologne. Wenger said that we will see a more experienced team than the one that has played in the Europa League so far.
It’ll be an opportunity for the likes of Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck to make a stake for the Arsenal first-team.
Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock, who have featured prominently in the cups this season, could be on the bench.
Eddie Nketiah could also be on the bench again despite calls for him to get a start. Arsenal will be looking to keep up the momentum going into a tricky game against Burnley on Sunday.