Jack Wilshere is hungry and sharp, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Police outside the Emirates Stadium prior to the match

Wenger rejected the idea that playing in the Europa League was a dent to his ego as a manager.

The Arsenal boss remained unconvinced and admitted during the transfer window that he had not decided whether to seek a similar loan move for Wilshere, whose contract expires next summer.But Wilshere stayed and, having returned to full training following a fractured leg suffered towards the end of his time with Bournemouth, the England worldwide is now expected to come back into the Arsenal side.

The Frenchman is also not a fan of the Europa League winners earning a slot in the following year's Champions League - as Manchester United did last season - and would rather get there by breaking back into the top four.

A trip to Chelsea on Super Sunday is hardly an ideal start for their first follow-up fixture, but Wenger said: "When you play Wednesday-Saturday it's similar to Thursday-Sunday. They played defensive football and counter-attack football", he said.

Peter Stoger's side finished a strong fifth in the Bundesliga last season, albeit 13 points behind fourth-placed Hoffenheim. Who will come out on top?

Arsenal will also be without suspended Laurent Koscielny and the injured Francis Coquelin, who is set for three weeks out with a hamstring problem.

Police outside the stadium prior to the Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium London
Police outside the stadium prior to the Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium London

'On the injury front there are no big problems, there are a few players who have had a response to the fact they have played in two global games like Ozil and Ramsey who are rested completely.

His injury means there could be a chance that Jack Wilshere features against Koln.

Olivier Giroud is likely to play, and if he was to score would bring up 100 goals for the club.

Mohamed Elneny could partner Wilshere in midfield while Sead Kolasinac may be given another run-out in the left wing-back role after impressing against Bournemouth at the weekend.

"I have said many times that his contribution has been huge".

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech didn't train today as he's set to be rested with David Ospina expected to be given a run of games in the Europe once again this season.

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