Arsenal must decide if they want Europa League success, says Cech

Kevin Kilbane says Hector Bellerin has declined rapidly in recent years

Arsenal's first match in the competition is against German side Cologne. They've lost all three matches, and they've only scored once in the process.

The likes of Manchester United and Manchester City have been spending in excess of £150m for the last couple of years, while Premier League champions Chelsea and even Liverpool chose to splash the cash over the summer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he does not view the Europa League as an avenue by which to qualify for the Champions League.

Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka were all absent at London Colney, appearing to confirm that they will all sit out of the Gunners' opening Europa League encounter.

Rather than being injured, the seven absentees are thought to be resting.

Trump downplays new United Nations sanctions on N. Korea
His comments come after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a US-draft resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea. North Korea said its September 3 test was of an advanced hydrogen bomb and was its most powerful by far.

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Han said Washington "fabricated the most vicious sanction resolution", news agencies reported. Earlier this year, China, its only ally, also suspended coal exports from North Korea.

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Wenger does not believe playing Thursday to Sunday this season will damage his side's Premier League campaign.

"Sometimes people say "he does this, he does that" but I think in a way, he is a guy who plays with all his passion and all his heart".

Jack Wilshere is in line to receive his first Arsenal start of the season against Cologne since he's returned from his loan spell at Bournemouth.

David Ospina and Theo Walcott are also likely to come back into the frame with so many players sitting out today's training session. Few youngsters involved in matchday squad too.

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