Europa League: Iwobi ready for Cologne challenge

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After few weeks absence due to injury, Nigeria and Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi is set to return to the gunners matchday squad against Cologne in the Europa League.

Iwobi has been out of action for about two weeks which has seen him miss vital games for both club and country.

On Wednesday the young forward declared his readiness through his twitter handle.

He tweeted : “Prepared For The @EuropaLeague #17 #COYG”

Arsenal will face the German Bundesliga side FC Cologne on Thursday in Europe’s second tier club competition.

This will be the first time in twenty years the gunners will appear in the group stages of either the UEFA Cup (what it was formerly known as) or the Europa League. Although they did lose the UEFA Cup final in 2000.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has included Iwobi in the squad, but Danny Welbeck, Alexander Lacazette, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil are among a select of big name players rested.

Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud are expected to lead the line when Arsenal file out at the Emirates on Thursday night.

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