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But Wilshere stayed and, having returned to full training following a fractured leg suffered towards the end of his time with Bournemouth, the England worldwide is now expected to come back into the Arsenal side.

Still, Wenger appears to have given Wilshere some hope of returning to action for Arsenal ahead of this week's Europa League game against FC Cologne. It is like you have a vehicle accident, some don't want to drive any more and some take the auto and go on again. "If you are going to get knocked out, you are better off doing it early on so you can concentrate on the other trophies".

Cologne finished fifth in Germany's top division last term but are now rock-bottom, having lost all three matches, scoring just once.

Therefore this is probably the ideal time for Arsenal to play the German side who will undoubtedly be low on confidence.

Meanwhile young Spanish defender Jorge Mere, who came off the bench at the weekend, could be in contention for his first start after arriving from Sporting Gijon in the summer. The last thing they need is a big distraction on Thursday nights to suck time, effort and energy out of the team, with only a very small chance of eventual reward.

"The best way to do that is in the Premier League".

With one eye on Sunday's trip to Chelsea, Wenger will rest Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.

Francis Coquelin misses out with a hamstring injury sustained during Saturday's 3-0 win over Bournemouth while Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.

Only 18 players in the 131-year history of the club have scored more than Giroud, with Theo Walcott (100 goals) the only current player ahead of him on the all-time list. I am very happy with the attitude and the result. Rob Holding and Alex Iwobi will be in the frame, whilst the ever impressive Reiss Nelson should be in the squad.

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