Wilshere last played for Arsenal against Watford in August a year ago and hasn't featured at the Emirates since a 4-0 win over Aston Villa in May 2016, but he is set to start as Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign against FC Köln. Arsene Wenger's men come into this match on the back of a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Petr Cech of Arsenal and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger celebrate with the trophy following the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England. "Three days is plenty of time to recover".
Cologne head coach Peter Stoger wanted to land a team such as Arsenal in the draw and feels Wenger's side are the strongest in the competition at this stage.
"It is a good opportunity to show we can cope", Wenger told reporters when asked about the challenging double-header this week.More news: How Analysts Rated Pearson plc (LON:PSON) Last Week?
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According to The Independent, the players were excused from training on Wednesday morning as they will not be involved on Thursday.
Laurent Koscielny is suspended after being sent off during our Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last season so Per Mertesacker is set for a recall in defence.
He said: "The season before was not a good one for them [Chelsea]".
It is, in many ways, a shame to think of the Europa League as a means to an end rather than an end in itself, but the Arsenal hierarchy have frequently placed Champions League qualification at the top of their list of priorities. It is a very important match to start the Europa League on the right foot.
Manchester United won the competition in May and returned to the Champions League despite finishing sixth in the Premier League table and many believe Arsenal should take the competition seriously. "We got 75 points past year and overall, I am humble enough to be happy to win every competition".