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Wenger drops seven stars for Cologne tie with eye on Chelsea

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/09/2017

Wenger drop seven stars for Cologne tie with eye on Chelsea

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has indicated that he will make several changes against Cologne in the Europa League group stage clash as seven starters were all missing from training on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech and assistant captain Laurent Koscielny are all absent like wise Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka were all absent at Arsenal training ground with the stars appear that they will sit out of the Arsenal Europa League opener.

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All seven players will hope to return to Wenger's squad ahead of their trip to London rivals Chelsea in the much-anticipated clash on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Jack Wilshere is expected to start against Koln and Wenger has revealed that Alexis Sanchez is desperate to face the Bundesliga outfit at the Emirates.

‘He is focused, he told me he is focused on the Premier League and Europa League,’ the Frenchman said.

‘He had a bad result with Chile against Bolivia [last week], but he came back full of desire and ready to play.’

The north London club will be desperate to continue their winning run of form following a convincing 3-0 defeat of Bournemouth.