Soccer News – Arsenal-Koln
Arsenal welcomes Koln in a match from Group H of the Europa League. The game is going to be played at the Emirates Stadium in London.
For a first time from many, many years, Arsenal will play in the Europa League. Arsene Wenger’s team was unable to qualify for the Champions League last season, finishing outside the Top 4 of the Premier League. It was a big hit for The Gunners, because they have the reputation of a team which always participate in the Champions League. But now this is not the case.
Now Arsenal will have to adapt to the Europa League. Their adventure in the tournament will begint at home against the German club Koln. It will be interesting to see how motivated Arsenal are going to be to win this competition. If they once again finish outside the Top 4 in England, winnng Europa League could be their ticket to the next edition of the Champions League. This is how Manchester United qualified for Europe’s strongest competition last season.
The other two teams in Group H are Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov. It’s clear that Arsenal are the big favourite here, while the other three teams will fight for the second place. But once again – we should wait and see how motivated Arsenal will be to play in this competition. They usually participate in the Champions League, so don’t be surprised to see them less motivated than usual in Europa League.
As for Koln, they remain one of the decent teams in German football. They were winning points on regular basis last season, which allowed them to qualify for the Europa League. Let’s see how far they could go in this competition. One thing is for sure – they will have the most difficult start possible – a visit to the Emirates.