Arsenal boss Wenger: No excuses for Chelsea after Thursday Euro tie

Arsenal star hits out at rival clubs who spend ‘£200m on transfers

Arsene Wenger's men come into this match on the back of a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. It would not make any sense. "We are very focused on this Europa League, we want to go and win it, we are very ambitious and I am looking forward to the game tomorrow".

"It has been a hard period for the Arsenal family".

'It is really good and a lot of us hoped for this sort of draw. It's not about how you start but how consistent you are and how you finish it.

"He was injured at the start of the season from last season, so he was a bit behind the other players but he's getting better and better". It's only been four games now and six points can be very valuable. The reality was different though, as they finished the season third and without a single trophy to their name. Despite their youth, all 5 players were either already featuring regularly for the first team, or possessed the talent that left few in doubt as to whether or not they soon would be. Check the Chelsea results at the beginning of last season. Then, they won 13 consecutive games and eventually won the Premier League. The important thing is to be consistent throughout the season.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has spoken about nearly joining Everton during the summer transfer window.

'Football is not just about spending money, ' Bellerin, 22, who joined the Gunners in 2013, told IBTimes UK. Thursday to Sunday morning is short so I have to think about that. Each club have its own resources and its way of working. "It's true I was close to leaving because I wanted to play", Giroud said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.


And he believes there is no reason why Arsenal can not return to the European high table through the Premier League despite heightened competition in the top tier of English football.

Wenger is expected to rotate heavily as Arsenal enter the group stage of Europe's second-tier competition for the first time under the Frenchman, and with a crucial Premier League game at Chelsea on Sunday.

The Europa League is indeed worth taking seriously for the Gunners. "I don't give the team out today, I will give it out on Thursday".

Thoughts, Gooners? Has the spending gone too far or do we just need to accept it?

Laurent Koscielny is suspended after being sent off during our Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last season so Per Mertesacker is set for a recall in defence.

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