Lukas Podolski reacts on Twitter to Arsenal drawing FC Koln in the EL group stages

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Arsenal today discovered who they will play in the Europa League group stages this season - and it's not great news news for the Gunners.

BATE, FC Koln and Crvena zvezda - otherwise known as Red Star Belgrade - join Arsene Wenger's men in a tough Group H.

Just like Manchester United did last season, Arsenal's players will be looking to win the competition as another means of qualifying for the Champions League.

Competition for the top four in the Premier League is looking fierce, suggesting they must take the Europa League seriously.

But try telling Wenger that. Earlier this month, the Frenchman said he's prepared to rest his players in order to focus on the Premier League.

When asked about winning the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League, Wenger said: "I was always against it.

"Because apart from Man Utd, who did win the Europa League [having started in the competition], all the years before it was always a team who was kicked out of the Champions League.

"You cannot go into the season and think that [you qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League].

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"I will always play a team that has a good chance to win the next game. In the Europa League, if we can afford sometimes to rest some players, we will do it."

Wenger will need to field strong sides to have any hope of progressing past the group stages, where they will face Lukas Podolski's former side, FC Koln.

Podolski spent six years at Koln across two spells before joining Arsenal in 2012, where he played for a further three years.

The German has now excitedly reacted to his two former employers drawing each other in the Europa League with two brilliant tweets (see below).

Podolski's first tweet loosely translates as: "Cool! The best deal for me!" while the second features a pretty hilarious picture of Koln's mascot, a male goat called Hennes, standing in the Emirates Stadium's tunnel.

The 32-year-old, who currently plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan, became a cult hero during his three-year stay at Arsenal with his passion and lethal left foot.

He scored a number of memorable goals for the Gunners in the Champions League, the best of which a thumping volley against Montpellier in 2012.

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