FC Koln fans travel well to London

FC Koln fans travel well to London

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in London, on October 20, 2015.

Kick-off was delayed by an hour and police and stewards struggled to cope with the estimated 20,000 travelling supporters who had tickets in the same section as Gunners fans.

Arsenal will be resting quite a lot of players for this fixture as they have a big game coming up against Chelsea on Sunday.

"Sanchez played very deep in the first half, and when he had more support on the flank from Kolasinac he became more risky".

Earlier on Thursday, Cologne supporters arrived in central London as thousands of fans of the Bundesliga side were expected in the capital despite only 3,000 away tickets being available.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police read: "Officers are dealing with disorder at the Emirates Stadium where fans have gathered for the Arsenal vs FC Koln match".

Arsenal come into this game having started the Premier League season poorly after claiming just six points from the opening four games.

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The game had to be delayed for an hour over security fears around the stadium, and some Cologne fans had to take drastic measures to ensure they could see their side in action.

Last term also marked the first time that the Gunners finished below their North London rivals Tottenham in the Premiership standings and also the first time that they finished below the Champions League qualification places.

"There was all kinds of speculation we had to analyse", said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Cologne fans descended upon Arsenal on Thursday evening chanting the name of former Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer.

"I don't know how they [Cologne supporters] were able to infiltrate our fans but they did it very well". "I don't know what happened at the moment, so I don't want to talk about that".

Arsenal came from behind to secure a 3-1 win over Koln with Alexis Sanchez getting on the score-sheet with a wonderful strike.

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