Preview - Arsenal vs Cologne 15 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 14, 2017, 09:22 PM

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Arsenal vs Cologne

Arsenal will return to the competition they last graced in 2000, where they lost on penalties to Galatasaray in the final. Their first Group H opponents are German Bundesliga side Cologne. This will be their first meeting at this level. The Gunners were beaten 5-1 in their last European home fixture, to another German team, Bayern Munich. Laurent Koscielny is serving a one-match ban for the Gunners. Cologne are back in Europe after a twenty-year absence, and they have a losing record against English clubs, losing six out of 12 meetings. Four were draws. They are also looking to win in England for the first time.


Match Stats:

  • Arsenal 3-1 Cologne
  • Shots: 11-7
  • Possession: 63%-37%
  • Corner kicks: 5-3

Alexis Sanchez scored a stunning goal as Arsenal came from behind to beat Cologne in a Europa League match delayed for an hour following crowd trouble.

Chilean Sanchez, who nearly left the club to join Manchester City on transfer deadline day, picked the ball up outside the area and curled a shot past keeper Timo Horn.

The game did not begin until 21:05 BST as thousands of visiting supporters arrived at the ground without tickets and then clashed with stewards inside the Emirates Stadium.

When the match did get under way, Cologne took the lead in spectacular fashion as Jhon Cordoba lobbed fellow Colombian David Ospina from 40 yards.

Striker Olivier Giroud planted a header wide of goal from six yards for the much-changed home side, who were booed at the half-time whistle.

But substitute Sead Kolasinac equalised with a thumping volley before Sanchez struck, and Hector Bellerin then added the third from close range, as midfielder Jack Wilshere made his first appearance for the club since August 2016.

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