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    Arsenal v FC Cologne predictions: Europa League match preview, line-ups & betting tips

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    Arsenal are 13/2 to beat FC Cologne 2-0 with Bet 365.

    With an important fixture to come in the Premier League on Sunday, manager Arsene Wenger is likely to make a number of changes to the one which beat Bournemouth convincingly.

    Even so, a rotated Arsenal side should prove to strong for a woefully out of form FC Cologne side, who find themselves rock-bottom of the Bundesliga table.

    Arsenal v FC Cologne betting tips

    Arsenal are heavy favourites, despite the fact they will be playing a weakened side.

    The Gunners are rated at 4/9 favourites with Bet365. Cologne to win is rated at 15/2.

    Olivier Giroud, who took part in the press conference ahead of the game and reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal, is 15/4 to score first.

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    Arsenal v FC Cologne: Europa League preview

    Arsenal kick off their Europa League campaign on Thursday night with a home match against Bundesliga side FC Cologne.

    The Gunners make their debut appearance in the competition (since it’s re-branding from the UEFA Cup), after finishing outside the top four for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s reign.

    Following their 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, the Gunners will be heavy favourites going into the match.

    Alexandre Lacazette scored his second league goal of the season, with Danny Welbeck adding a brace.

    FC Cologne, meanwhile, lost their third consecutive league match. Their 3-0 defeat at Augsburg leaves them bottom of the table on zero points.

    Peter Stoger’s side have scored just one goal this season, conceding seven in reply.

    They might be in poor form, but that won’t stop their supporters having fun. 20,000 Cologne fans have descended on London, despite only having less than 3,000 tickets allocated to them.

    Arsenal team news v FC Cologne: Seven stars rested

    A number of Arsenal stars will be rested for the game, keeping them fresh for Chelsea on Sunday.

    Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka will all get the night off.

    Arsenal’s cup ‘keeper David Ospina will start in goal, while the likes of Rob Holding and Mohamed Elneny should also get a run out.

    Where is Santi Cazorla?

    Serial substitute Olivier Giroud should get a chance to finally start a match.

    Francis Coquelin out after he picked up a thigh injury, as is Calum Chambers, who has a groin strain.

    Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee. So much so, that the Spaniard was absent from Arsenal’s first team squad photo on Wednesday.

    Jack’s back

    Gunners fans are likely to get another opportunity to see exciting youngster Reiss Nelson, who impressed in pre-season and won the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for August.

    After coming on as a substitute against Bournemouth, Alexis Sanchez is set to make his first Arsenal start of the season. The Chilean is still building up his fitness levels.

    Jack Wilshere will make his first appearance for the club in 13 months.

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