Wenger prefers top-four finish over Europa League glory

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

Arsene Wenger insisted that playing on Thursday and Sunday is a good opportunity to show that his Arsenal side can cope with the demands of Europe.

They still have some able players to call upon though.

This may sound ambitious, but it's merely an extension of the two sides' agreement to share scouting information ahead of their Group H clashes, amid hectic domestic schedules around the UEFA Europa League group stage.

A trip to Chelsea on Sunday is hardly an ideal start for their first follow-up fixture, but Wenger said: "When you play Wednesday-Saturday it's similar to Thursday-Sunday".

Giroud netted his 99th Arsenal goal in the dramatic 4-3 win over Leicester on the opening day of the Premier League season, but has been a substitute in every game so far after losing his starting role to new signing Alexandre Lacazette.

The Arsenal manager said, "a few players have had some response to playing two worldwide games like Ozil and Ramsey, so they are rested completely". Coquelin is out for three weeks. "Three days is plenty of time to recover".

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Asked if he can get back to his best, Wenger replied: "Yes, if he is injury-free he will come back". "If you are going to get knocked out, you are better off doing it early on so you can concentrate on the other trophies".

Wenger has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil will miss the game and be rested with Chelsea at the weekend in mind.

"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". Nevertheless, in Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, the Arsenal boss has enough firepower to topple the struggling Germans.

Meanwhile, the likes of David Ospina, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are all in contention to make their first start of the season.

"[The] Europa League is a very important competition for us".

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