Arsenal team news: Wenger shuffles his pack, set to field out-of-favour midfielder

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Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in London, on October 20, 2015. Arsenal won the match 2-0. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal team news: Wenger shuffles his pack, set to field out-of-favour midfielder

Arsene Wenger has shuffled his pack ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with Bundesliga side FC Koln.

The French tactician has one eye on this weekend’s Premier League encounter against London rivals Chelsea.

Wenger believes the best way of returning to the UEFA Champions League next season is via a top-four league finish.

“We did that for 20 years,” Wenger told reporters.

“We got 75 points last year and overall, I am humble enough to be happy to win every competition,” added the Frenchman.

“I think the best way to do it is through the Premier League.”

Tonight’s game takes place at the Emirates stadium while kick-off is scheduled for 20:05 (GMT).

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Arsenal team news:

Arsene Wenger could give Jack Wilshere his first start of the season after leaving seven first-team names out of the squad.

Wilshere hasn’t featured for the Gunners since the start of the 2016/17 season. Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mohamed Elneny could all start for Arsenal tonight.

Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka, Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette have all been left out of the squad

Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez has been included in the squad and is expected to play tonight.