Arsenal travel to FC Koln on Sunday as Bet365 announce a new free bets offer on the football and report money has come in for new striker Lukas Podolski as his price is cut from 40/1 to 33/1 to be the 2012/2013 Premiership top goalscorer.
This will be the Gunners’ final game of pre-season so a victory is what Arsene Wenger will be looking for to take some momentum into the Premier League campaign.
Wenger will be relieved to get competitive matches underway so the focus can be on the pitch and the Robin Van Persie saga which has been going on all summer may be able to be put to bed.
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For now though, Arsenal need to turn their attention to picking up a positive result against their German opponents.
Wenger is likely to give new signings Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud a run out as they get used to playing with their new teammates.
Podolski will be going up against the club he joined from this summer.
Santiago Carzorla, who joined the club just this week, could make his first appearance as Arsenal fans get their first glimpses of the new arrivals.
The North London side seem to have done good business in the transfer window and could be genuine title contenders.
They will want to get off to a flying start though, something that they did not do last year. In order to get off to winning ways, form is vital and this game should be taken seriously with Wenger sure to put out a strong starting XI.
As for FC Koln, they were relegated to the second tier of German football last year and will be desperate to make an immediate return to the top flight.
A good performance against one of Europe’s biggest clubs could reinstall the confidence in the squad – something that is sure to be shot at the moment.
However, a heavy defeat may leave them wondering why they chose to play the Gunners. Although results do not matter – winning and losing are both habits and there is only one of them you want to get into as both managers look to the new season with optimism.