Arsenal make the trip to Germany to take on Bundesliga strugglers FC Koln, in a match that could see the visitors confirm top spot in their Europa League group. If you like betting on sporting events, perhaps this is not the type of game that you want to risk much money on, considering that Arsenal’s reserves will not have the same urgency to win as the First XI did on Saturday.
The Gunners go into the match needing just one point from their remaining two matches to confirm top spot in Group H to cement their place as one of the top seeds in the knock-out stages of the competition, while a loss for our opponents could well see them closed out of the top two spots, but at least Cologne will have the wish to win the game to give them a chance of reaching the next stage of the competition, while Arsenal are already guaranteed progression.
In the reverse match-up, Cologne took an early lead in the match, only for our boys to put in a second-half performance and turn that deficit into a 3-1 win. The German’s have not had an upturn in form domestically and remain without a single win in the league thus far, and we will not be travelling with charity in mind as we look to cement our place in first with a match still to play.
As in previous matches, you can firmly expect Arsene Wenger to rotate his starting line-up for the competition, and you can expect the likes of Reiss Nelson, Ashley Maitland-Niles and Chris Willock all to start, while Danny Welbeck will also be making his return from injury.
We currently have doubts over the fitness of Theo Walcott, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding who would usually have been utilized in the EL.
Mertesacker Elneny Chambers/Holding
Nelson Coquelin Willock Maitland-Niles
This team should have more than enough to secure the point needed to top the table, and I expect us to win comfortably, with Wilshere running the show.
I’ll go for a 3-1 win (as in the previous fixture), with Nketieh scoring from the bench to close out the match in the second-half.
Is there any doubt that this team would secure a draw at worst? What are your predictions?