Keeper to make Arsenal debut in Europa League opener

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney

Arsenal train ahead of Thursday's Europa League match with Vorskla Poltava Credit Stuart MacFarlane Getty Images

Stephan Lichtsteiner admits he is hungry to take Arsenal back into the Champions League after the competition returned in style this week.

This is the second successive year that Arsenal have spent in Europe's second-tier club competition, reaching the semi-final stage under Arsene Wenger last season.

With a ideal record of five wins from five matches, Chelsea leads the Premier League and looks to be heading for a return to the Champions League anyway.

"When you win the Europa League, you play in the Champions League, it was the key to improve the interest in the competition".

Arsenal begins another quest to try and win the UEFA Europa League when it hosts Ukraine's Vorskla at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Emery is expected to make wholesale changes to his starting eleven with the likes of Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Sokratis, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all rested ahead of Sunday's clash with Everton. Today, we are only thinking about giving our supporters a good performance at the Emirates.

Chelsea's aspirations have shifted since that triumphant night in Berlin and despite Hazard winning five major trophies and a PFA Player of the Year award during his time at Stamford Bridge, the Belgian forward has never been further away from winning the Champions League than he is now.

Danny Welbeck talks! "I think it was a convincing win, though it was hard in the first half, because they had a gameplan to sit back and make it hard".

On their first European match of the season, "Vorskla" went without defender Oleksandr Chyzhov and midfielder Denis Vasin.

As head coach of Sevilla, Emery won an unprecedented three Europa League crowns in a row - but at Arsenal, his focus is domestic success over the continent, for now at least.

They have won three of their last four domestic games, against Mariupol, Chornomorets, and Karpaty.

Bernd Leno has been challenged to make the Arsenal goalkeeper's jersey his own after Unai Emery confirmed the German will make his debut against Vorskla Poltava on Thursday.

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