FC Koln fans travel well to London

Posts on social media sites showed large numbers of Cologne fans singing and marching around Oxford Circus in central London.

"Inside the stadium, it became apparent that Cologne fans were getting into an Arsenal section behind the goal at the south end of the stadium".

However, Cologne left London emptyhanded in their first European outing for 25 years as substitute Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin inspired Arsenal in the second half.

"Last year it didn't work out against Liverpool and Arsenal, but this season we have already won at Tottenham".

But in August, he nearly joined former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for £60m, but the Gunners pulled out of the deal after failing to find a replacement.

The Chilean forward, who is out of contract at the Emirates next summer, was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City before this season started.

Surely everyone knows that last season Arsenal lost the competition in the fight for the first 4 lines in the Premier League table, and the 5th ranked sent the "Gunners" to the group stage of the Europa League.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admitted on Wednesday that he came close to leaving the club in the close season before deciding to stay because his "story is not over".

Whilst a Thursday night Europa League game at Arsenal won't have been exactly the hottest ticket in town for some, it certainly was for the thousands of German fans who descended on North London.

"They did throw bottles and let off flares, but there was no significant disorder, police were on scene and there have been no arrests".

As for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger's men have recently beaten Bournemouth 3-0 in the Premier League, ending a two-game losing run without scoring. Which means that they will not be featuring in the match.

On that occasion, after finishing third in their Champions League group, they made it all the way to the Uefa Cup final before being beaten by Turkish side Galatasaray on penalties in Copenhagen. With the big test of Chelsea coming up on Sunday, this game is a good opportunity to rest players and give some minutes to players returning to the first team as well as youngsters like Jack Wilshere and Reiss Nelson.

  • Tracy Klein