Olivier Giroud offers overview of Gunners' Europa League preparations

Shaun Botterill  GettyImages

Arsenal will embark on their first ever Europa League campaign this year, as their competition gets up and running with the visit of Bungesliga side Köln on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old forward returned to Arsenal's first team squad as an unused substitute in last weekend's 3-0 EPL win against Bournemouth at the Emirates (Arsenal's home turf).

"The best way to do that is in the Premier League". A good guess is that Wenger mimics his tactics from previous early FA Cup rounds, when he usually plays a number of his first-team backups along with one or two academy prospects. It's only been four games now and six points can be very valuable.

"Look at how Chelsea began last season and how they ended up winning the title", Bellerin recalled. Their supporters won't have to endure that type of carnage again in five months' time - provided Bayern don't finish third in their Champions League group, of course.

"Then, after a poor start, they won 13 games in a row which is something to admire".

Most fans remember the now infamous December 2012 photograph of Arsenal's 5 core young British players (4 English, 1 Welsh) all signing new contracts with their doting manager leaning in just above them, smiles plastered to their faces. Sometimes it takes time while other clubs use money.

Trump says will discuss military issues, Qatar with Kuwait's emir
Although Qatar has rejected some of them out of hand, Sheikh Sabah said he believed negotiations were possible. Qatar hosts a US military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria.

Detroit Lions cage the Arizona Cardinals, 35-23
And second-year defense end Anthony Zettel posted the Lions' only sack of the game, and just the second of his career. The Lions limited opposing quarterback Carson Palmer to 269 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants 'kick up the backside' from Jurgen Klopp
The 24-year-old midfielder started in both of England's games in the worldwide break, and could make his debut on Saturday when the Reds travel to Manchester City .

It is already clear that reasserting themselves in the Premier League will be a huge task for Arsenal this season.

Yet, the Spaniard is not looking too far ahead after pointing out that the Gunners' focus is now set on the Europa League opener to be played against Cologne on Thursday night.

"Actually that's a very private... decision because it's true that I was close to leaving the club because I said that I wanted to play", he said.

Asked whether Wilshere will start against the Germans, he said: "I don't give the team out today - I will give it out tomorrow".

Arsenal will be hoping to make a swift return to the Champions League and have two avenues to do so.

"I am humble enough to be happy enough to want to win every competition".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Volkswagen reveals electric intentions at Frankfurt Motor Show
Sep 13, 2017 - 00:44
In an attempt to give Volkswagen a new identity the company has accelerated the development of new generation electric vehicles. The SUV gets various design changes to the front and rear ends of the concept auto that is painted in "Hibiscus Red Metallic".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oh Hi DISASTER ARTIST Trailer
Sep 13, 2017 - 00:42
However, his legacy lives on as James Franco now has potential for award nominations by portraying Wiseau in The Disaster Artist . It was a bad movie, sure, but there wasn't anything about it that made it stand apart from other ineptly made pictures.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple's Watch 3 rolls out heart health and smart fitness features
Sep 13, 2017 - 00:42
The new Apple Watch Edition, which has a ceramic case, will come in a new gray finish (the previous version only came in white). In addition to this, since the nano sim is a bit bigger for the Apple Watch Series 3 , Apple introduced the Electronic SIM.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chargers fans tackle mixed emotions during season opener
Sep 13, 2017 - 00:41
He led a 15-play scoring drive on the Broncos' second possession, finishing it with a 5-yard scoring pass to Bennie Fowler . There will always be a place in the hearts of Chargers fans for quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Census Bureau: US household income up 3.2%; poverty rate dips in Northeast
Sep 13, 2017 - 00:41
Black families saw their median income climb 5.7% in 2016 to $39,500, while Hispanic households had a 4.3% increase to $47,675. But Census officials cautioned against comparing the figures because the bureau has changed its methodology over the years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Treasury Secretary Mnuchin calls Equifax breach 'unfortunate'
Sep 13, 2017 - 00:41
White House legislative director Marc Short says its principles for the tax overhaul will be released "in a matter of days, not weeks".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top West Ham beat Huddersfield to get first win of the season
Sep 13, 2017 - 00:41
Insideworldfootball figures are taken from the official stadium capacity figures and the official reported attendance figures. Certainly, it was a vast improvement on the first three games when West Ham conceded 10 goals in three defeats.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Sound breaking' for the Tower of Voices at Flight 93 Memorial Park
Sep 12, 2017 - 00:46
Today marks sixteen years since almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. ET, but the Flight 93 National Memorial ceremony starts earlier, at 9:30 a.m.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jurgen Klopp blames Liverpool midfield for crushing Manchester City defeat
Sep 12, 2017 - 00:45
City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said: "I think the beginning was difficult, the intensity of the first half was very hard". While concerned for their goalkeeper's wellbeing, City took full advantage of their numerical advantage against Liverpool.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top All Blacks expecting physical, angry South African side in Rugby Championship clash
Sep 12, 2017 - 00:45
The All-Blacks still sit top of the Rugby Championship following this result with Australia and South Africa now facing off. Coach Steve Hansen confirmed Aaron Smith would return to the Test No.9 jumper with his bullet passing a major asset.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bitcoin Price Takes a Tumble Amid Rumors of China Banning Cryptocurrency Trading
Sep 12, 2017 - 00:43
However, the Chinese market has shown that it does not necessarily perceive the suspension as a threat. The bigger risk for global bitcoin traders may be the massive rally in prices, according to McFarland.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp drops hint over Philippe Coutinho involvement against Sevilla
Sep 12, 2017 - 00:43
Coutinho was left out of Liverpool's 5-0 defeat to Manchester City this weekend, "It was a decision made with the season in mind". He's brought in the players he wanted and this is the time for him to show the team is ready to face everything.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google will appeal €2.9bn European Union fine
Sep 12, 2017 - 00:43
The first relates to Android, its operating system on a smartphone, and the second AdSense, its advertising network. It is anticipated to take years before the Luxembourg-based General Court rules on the case.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Odell Beckham listed as questionable for opener against Cowboys
Sep 11, 2017 - 00:50
But a conservative game plan with Beckham on the field is ten times better for the Giants than an aggressive one without. He appeared in three of the Cowboys' four preseason games this year, starting one, and registering four tackles.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Abraham Fires Blanks, Sanches Struggles As Newcastle Edge Swansea
Sep 11, 2017 - 00:48
Giggs told Wales Online that he had been watching Sanches several years ago and was impressed with the aggressive player's talent. Newcastle will attempt to make it 2 league wins in as many games when they play Swansea away from home later today (Sunday).