Date: 12th September 2017 at 1:04pm
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Petr Cech says Arsenal will not hold back in the Europa League this season.

The Gunners were demoted to the second tier of European football after only managing 5th in the Premier League last season, but Cech says that shouldn’t stop them trying their hardest to win the competition.

Arsene Wenger is expected to name a second string side for the Gunners’ opening group match at home to Cologne on Thursday.

A game in which Cech is expected to miss out. He won the competition in 2013 with Chelsea and plans to lift it again with Arsenal in May.

When asked about his Europa success with the Blues, the 35-year-old said: ‘We decided that it was the first time and hopefully the last time we played the Europa League and we wanted to win it.

‘You decide how to approach it. You go in it to win it, give yourself a chance to do it or make different priorities and then see how it goes.

‘It’s always nice to win a European trophy, regardless of which one it is.’

Cech has lifted an FA Cup and two Community Shield’s so far during his spell at The Emirates. The shot-stopper is keen to win more prestigious trophies, but for now the Champions League is out of the question and the Premier League is almost as unlikely.

Arsenal European trophy cabinet isn’t exactly sparkling, while winning the Europa League also provides a direct route back to the Champions League.

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