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The Gunners will embark on their second successive season in Europe's second tier competition in pursuit of a first continental trophy since 1994. Instead, they will be playing in the Europa League, starting on Thursday night against PAOK in Greece.

"I am hungry to get back to the Champions League".

It's the return of European football at the Emirates as Arsenal welcome the Ukranian side, Vorskla Poltava to North London.

Ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash between Arsenal and Vorskla Poltava, Sports Mole looks at how the Gunners could line up.

With a flawless record of five wins from five matches, Chelsea leads the Premier League and looks to be heading for a return to the Champions League anyway.

"I'm in the a year ago of the contract so I guess it depends on my performances, the way I play and the way I stay fit throughout the season, then we'll see what happens next", Cech told the press ahead of Arsenal's Europa League opener against Vorskla Poltava tonight.

He said: "Yes, Bernd Leno is going to play tomorrow".


Arsenal fell in the semifinal to eventual champion Atletico Madrid last season, missing out on a chance to send Arsene Wenger off with a trophy and an automatic berth in the Champions League.

Emery confirmed in his pre-match press conference that summer signing Leno will be handed his debut, reiterating that the club are optimistic about the German's future as a potential Arsenal No.1.

"Now we're in the situation where we need to win the Europa League, so we're going to try to win the Europa League". Emery is the only manager to win the Europa League/UEFA Cup three seasons in a row.

Germany goalkeeper Leno and midfielder Lucas Torreira, who also arrived before the season, are both expected to receive their first starts in the Group E encounter at Emirates Stadium.

In winning the UEFA Europa League in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, Emery shares the record for the most UEFA Cup/Europa League titles with Italian Giovanni Trapattoni.

Emery has supported his goalkeeper and insisted at the start of September that the former Chelsea man is doing as requested.


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