After facing our fourth game in the English Premier League this weekend, Arsenal will face the first of the six group games in the Europa League and if Arsene Wenger is true to his word it is likely to be a much changed team that lines up for the Gunners and that could well mean that we do not get a good result, but will the Arsenal fans really mind or will we accept that Wenger needs to focus all his attention on the EPL games?
Saturday sees the Gunners take on a struggling AFC Bournemouth side at the Emirates Stadium and there is no doubt that the boss will be fielding a strong and Arsenal side as possible as it is vital that we add another three points to those gained in the opening game against Leicester, while also getting the home fans back on side after a slow start and a frustrating transfer window.
Even if we do beat the Cherries as expected, Wenger may feel that the players and fans need another confidence boosting result ahead of the away clash with Chelsea next Sunday, but with the Thursday evening European game seeing us up against the German Bundesliga club Cologne, that will not be easy and Wenger will want his key players to be fresh for Chelsea.
If the Frenchman sees that as more important than a Europa League result we are likely to see fringe players and young Gunners take on the Germans so do not be surprised if we get beat as Cologne are likely to take it much more seriously? How do you think this will go down with the Gooners?