The Europa League group stage begins on Thursday night as Arsenal line up against FC Koln of the Bundesliga in the first round.
Whilst many fans may have to get used to watching the Gunners on a Thursday night, the competition does allow Arsene Wenger to field some squad players who were unable to play in the Champions League or the Premier League.
Players that are finding it difficult to get a run in the league may be given an opportunity to showcase themselves and be in contention for a starting position in the first team line up.
With a game at Stamford bridge following the Europa League tie, some players will surely work hard to be selected in the squad to face the London rivals. Others will hope that the Europa League can be an introduction to a breakthrough season.
These are the players to keep an eye out for during the group stages.
Reiss Nelson set stadiums alight during Arsenal’s summer tour of Australia and China, impressing with every performance.
During the season, Nelson has not been used in the first team and has failed to receive any game time in the Premier League.
However, Nelson was an 87th minute substitute in Arsena’ls Community Shield win against Chelsea, and has featured regularly in Arsenal’s U23 side.
The 17-year-old has scored an impressive six times in four appearances for the U23 side, with his latest goal coming against Man United U23’s
Maitland-Niles has been in and around Arsenal’s first team since the 14/15 season, making his competitive debut against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League in a 4-1 away win.
Sent out on loan the next season to Championship side Ipswich Town, Maitland-Niles scored twice in 32 appearances for Ipswich, proving to be an important player for the Championship team.
Whilst having a minor first team role last season, with a few appearances in domestic cup competitions and only one league appearance, the Europa League would be a perfect competition to get him into the first team squad.
Maitland-Niles also played in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World cup, a competition which England went on to win and Maitland-Niles appearing as a 75th minute substitute in the final against Venezuela.
At 20 years of age, Maitland-Niles will now need to step up and follow the footsteps of fellow Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi.
Having found first team football hard to come by since the change of formation to three centre backs, Iwobi has had to impress with the limited game time he has received.
Having just returned from a thigh injury picked up whilst playing for the Nigerian National team during the international break, Iwobi should take advantage of the Europa League by using it to regain fitness.
Failing to live up to his expectations after his breakthrough season last season, Iwobi should look to use the competition to establish himself as a great future player, and surpass the ‘potential’ tagline.
With the likely departure of Alexis Sanchez, fans will be keeping their eye on Iwobi as a potential replacement for the Chilean superstar.
Whilst not a youngster, Jack Wilshere is still to prove himself as a regular starter in the central midfield position.
Wilshere has openly emphasized his frustration at the lack of first team football received this season with a comment made on Instagram. Wilshere would be looking towards the Europa League for a chance to prove himself.
The Injury-prone midfielder suffered a hairline fracture to his tibia whilst on loan to Bournemouth last season. Having recovered from the injury, Wenger is yet to use him in the first team squad, which ignited rumors of his exit from the Emirates over the summer transfer window.
Fan will be hoping to see Jack Wilshere back at his best in the Europa League so that he can fill the much needed void caused by the absence of Santi Cazorla.
A similar case to Iwobi, Calum Chambers is yet to appear for Arsenal since his return from his loan spell at Middlesbrough last season.
With Arsene Wenger preferring Rob Holding to the former Southampton defender, Calum Chambers will be hungry to prove why he should not be overlooked if given the chance to play in the Europa League.
With Arsenal’s defense conceding eight goals in the space of three Premier League games, fans hope Calum Chambers can be the answer to their defensive problems.
The once proclaimed future Tony Adams must really take advantage of this competition as it is a make or break season for the 22-year-old, with fears he might be out the door next summer.