Arsenal are odds-on favourites to come away from their friendly match against FC Koln on Saturday with a confidence-boosting victory ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
The Gunners are just two games into their pre-season schedule, with the previous fixtures yielding a 4-0 drubbing of a Malaysia XI and a 1-1 draw against Hangzhou Greentown.
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Fans of the north London club may get the chance to see new signing Gervinho in action for the first time in the FC Koln clash.
The Ivory Coast international, who joined up with his new team-mates this week after moving from Ligue 1 outfit Lille, has already been tipped to make a rapid impact by Wenger and will no doubt be eager to get on the score sheet if he plays on Saturday.
However, FC Koln will be confident of getting one over on the 13-time English champions just one day before the official start of the German season.
The Bundesliga club were beaten just four times in 17 league matches at the RheinEnergieStadion in the 2010-11 season, winning 11 times and drawing twice.
Indeed, without their impressive home form Stale Solbakken’s side would have been fighting for survival in the top tier of German football, given that their away record of two wins, three draws and 12 defeats was the worst in the division.
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