Nine changes, that’s how many he made compared to the Gunners’ starting lineup against Bournemouth last weekend, but even so, Arsenal went on to beat FC Cologne in their opening Europa League group stage match, despite a slow start, and a 1-0 lead of the German team at halftime.
We want to do well in all the best competitions and I had an experienced team today, even though I made nine changes. They are all top-class players. There is no hierarchy in the squad
Arsene Wenger told BT Sport after Arsenal’s 3-1 win at Emirates, in a game that started an hour late, due to thousands of FC Cologne fans managing to arrive at the stadium without ticket, causing chaos outside it.
We had a slow start and there was accidental goal. After that, it was important not to concede and panic and put more pace into our game. From then. we controlled the game and won convincingly in the end
the Gunners manager said. As for Alexis Sanchez, scorer of Arsenal’s second goal, Wenger looked confident that soon he will be at his best, after a problematic start of the season, due to his extended vacation and light injury.
Sanchez is still running after his best form. He is a fantastic football player but physically he has just come back. But he has it in his locker to do something special, which he did
the Frenchman said.