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Wilshere looking good ahead of Arsenal return - Wenger

Wilshere looking good ahead of Arsenal return - Wenger

The England midfielder was linked with a move away from The Emirates Stadium last summer, with Turkish club Trabzonspor revealing this week they held talks with Wilshere over a loan move.

After a poor start to the season Hector Bellerin believes that Arsenal should take inspiration in what Chelsea achieved last season from a similar start.

The 30-year-old has scored 99 goals for the club, but has fallen behind new signing Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck in the attacking pecking order.

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

FC Koln meanwhile will be without forward Artjoms Rudnevs while Milos Jojic and Marcel Risse are both doubts going into the game.

"I don't give the team out today, I will give it out on Thursday", the Frenchman added.

Mourinho plays down Champions League hopes
Ander Herrera (front) made 51 appearances for Manchester United last season and helped them to victory in the Europa League . Manchester United and Basel met against each other twice, the first time in the 2002/03 season and the last in 2011/12.

"First of all to continue with the spirit with which he works".

"I believe there was always a huge pressure on him to come back as quickly as possible and to expect a lot", Wenger said. If he can keep calm and focus on his job then he is on a good way.

The Gunners bounced back from consecutive league defeats by beating Bournemouth 3-0 last time out and they will fancy their chances of seeing off a Cologne side with no points and just one goal in the Bundesliga to date this season.

That will come three days before a crunch trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea, a game which will see Arsenal aim to beat a fellow Premier League top-six team for the first time in 14 attempts. He's getting stronger and stronger every day, and that's what we want from him.

That could open the door for Jack Wilshere to make his first start for Arsenal in over 13 months as he looks to rebuild his career following another fractured leg. We have the unfavourable timing of Thursday night's Europa League group stage tie coming up this week, only three days before our trip to Stamford Bridge, and we can not afford to get distracted from that.

But Wenger says: "It is a good opportunity to show we can cope".


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