Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that he is taking the Europa League seriously.

The Gunners take on German outfit Cologne this week as they open their European campaign for the season, and has allayed fears that he will not take the competition seriously.

Although rotation is largely expected from Wenger, it looks as though he will hope to field a strong team against Cologne as he goes in search of a positive start to the Europa League.

As quoted by the Telegraph, Wenger admitted that although the Premier League is his top priority, he does want to progress into the knockout rounds of the Europa League.

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We will take it seriously but the priority is to focus on the Premier League and combining the two.

Then, in December, we will see, but at least we want to qualify for the next round. Thursday to Sunday morning is short so I have to think about that. But we have to win at home and you know how it is when you don’t win at home.

Arsenal will not be used to playing football on Thursdays having had so many continuous years in the Champions League, but will be keen to build on their 3-0 win over Bournemouth in the top flight on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners will hope to build momentum ahead of Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.