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The Europa League isn't a competition Arsenal really want to play in, but it does offer some benefits to Arsene Wenger and his players.

If left out of the squad entirely for Thursday's Europa League clash with Cologne, Wilshere's Arsenal career could be in serious jeopardy. So far this season, even with the absence of the brilliant Santi Cazorla and the struggles of other central midfielders in the squad, Wilshere has still been unable to get a look in a game since the pre-season ended.

The Billy Goats, as they are nicknamed, have faced Arsenal before in European competition, playing Bertie Mee's Arsenal in the semi-finals of the European Fairs Cup during the club's first double season in 1970/71.

"This is a different competition and we want to win every competition we play in, but we don't calculate that this is the best way to the Champions League qualification".

"So yeah, we are pleased with this result and we've done very well, we've been efficient in front of goal and it's for the confidence and now we need to focus on the Europa League and after we will have another big game on Sunday with the derby against Chelsea".

The Gunners take on the Bundesliga side at the Emirates, just three days before the trip to London rivals, Chelsea.

"He had been out so many times after suffering bad tackles and had just come back from a fracture". If he is injury-free, he will come back to his best. Jose Mourinho took a risk in placing all his eggs in the Europa League basket a year ago and was ultimately rewarded as his Manchester United team beat Ajax in the final, booked a spot in the Champions League group stage and added another item to the club's trophy cabinet.

Arsene Wenger was prepared to allow the 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, leave, while Wilshere is understood to have assessed his options.

"We don't calculate that this is a way to get back in there, we have for 20 years done that in the Premier League".

"Actually that's a very private... decision because it's true that I was close to leaving the club because I said that I wanted to play", he said.

However, the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin were all involved in the first team training session at London Colney, suggesting that they are likely to be involved in some capacity.

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