Wenger surprised at 'gamble' to play Cologne match amid security issues


Wenger surprised at 'gamble' to play Cologne match amid security issues

Arsenal came from behind to secure a 3-1 win over Koln with Alexis Sanchez getting on the score-sheet with a wonderful strike. As we keep saying ad nauseum, there are few things more inspiring than an in-form Wilshere. A policing plan is in place for the game.

Some Arsenal fans called for the Cologne supporters to be moved to designated away areas but stewards chose to leave them where they were, with a club spokesman telling Britain's Press Association: "The players were relaxed and preparing for the game despite the delay".

Kick-off was delayed for an hour, but when the match eventually started at 9.05pm it became clear hordes of away fans were sitting with the Arsenal supporters, causing fights to break out.

The Gunners play their first match of the Europa League tonight against German side Cologne.

Fighting has broken out in London Thursday afternoon, ahead of Arsenal's match this evening, around 20,000 supporters of the German team, FC Koln marched through the city.

"They were very clever", he said.

"That they outsung Arsenal didn't really surprise people though - Arsenal isn't exactly known as a club that creates a particularly tingling atmosphere".

Since its inception, Arsenal have played 191 games in the UEFA Champions League, they've lost 50 of them.

"Kolasinac makes quick decisions, he's strong in the tackle and quick going forward".

"Was it the fact that they scored the goal and we didn't know how to deal with it? The second half was one-way traffic, it was just a question of time", said Wenger. "But Sanchez is Sanchez, he is an exceptional football player", Wenger said.

So even if we don't want to be in this competition it could give players a chance to rebuild their form and fitness competitively before including them in Premier League games on the weekend.

Arsenal expected to win big tonight in their Europa League fixture against Cologne at 20:05 GMT.

We will also see our promising youngsters out there for the Gunners, as no one can get enough of Reiss Nelson, the 17-year-old that could be the needed burst of energy that Arsenal can often sorely need.



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