The Gunners have made a good start to their new European experience, the team currently sit top of their group having won three out of the three games they’ve played. Wenger’s side play Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates this Thursday to make it four wins straight in the competition.
The manager has played a second string side throughout, giving chances to the likes of Rob Holding, Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Joseph Willock and Edward Nketiah, all of which have excited the fans! Nketiah even managed to get a chance in the League cup to which he came off the bench and scored two putting Arsenal through to the next round as 2-1 winners.
The competition has even given time for Jack Wilshere to work his way back into the line up again. After a semi-successful loan at Bournemouth last year, this year is a make or break for the midfielder if he wants to remain at the club. He’s impressed so far in Europe, even so that he made the bench in Arsenal’s most recent domestic game against Swansea, although he didn’t make it onto the pitch. The fans are excited about his return, with the chants of “Super Jack” breaking out whenever the player starts to warm up.
So what should Wenger do when the team progress into the knock out stages of the competition? As he’s stated he doesn’t think the best way into the Champions League is through lifting the Europa League, but should instead be done by finishing in the top four.
However with Arsenal’s odds of 6/4 (6th favourites) to make the top four and 11/2 (favourites) to win the Europa League and qualify through the Champions league in that method, it seems bizarre that Wenger prefers the domestic method. Although I would say that we’re more likely than Liverpool to make the top four, who are preferred by the bookies which you can capitalize on using free bets no deposit offers 2018. Bookies can check the latest no deposit betting offers here. A punter can find the best betting offers here and bet on his favourite team.
This means it’s likely we’ll see the Frenchman continue to put out a strong team in the domestic games and leave the youngsters and those on the fringes of the squad for the Europa League and the League Cup. However, with the young talent impressing in Europe we’ll hopefully see a few break into the first team over the next few seasons or sooner.