Cologne and Arsenal charged by Uefa after crowd control problems

Sep 16, 2017, 01:02
Cologne and Arsenal charged by Uefa after crowd control problems

In a statement, Arsenal said: "Following last night's Uefa Europa League match with Koln we would like to stress that fan safety was always our paramount concern and informed all decisions made".

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.

If Arsenal fail to perform, Wenger will not be blaming the Cologne game - for which Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will be rested - as he feels there is enough time to recover.

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Although Alexandar Borkovic pulled one back two minutes after the break, Silva completed his treble in the 56th minute after being sent clear by Franck Kessie's through ball.

Head coach Peter Stoger was asked on the eve of the game if he had a message for the thousands of fans making the trip, to which the Austrian replied: "Enjoy the pubs!"

Podolski needs no introduction to Cologne and Bundesliga fans, but Wenger promises he has not had any contact with the former Germany global, who he has decreed as "the second mayor of Cologne".

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However Arsene Wenger's men turned it around as sub Sead Kolasinac equalized and Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin sealed Arsenal's victory. I don't know if they went through Arsenal membership, on the internet, but they did well.

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. Jack Wilshere is also expected to make a return to the first team which could be his last chance to come back into the Arsenal set up. But Wenger said his goal showed that he can still be a decisive factor in games. "The second half was one-way traffic, it was just a question of time", said Wenger. He's an exceptional footballer. You have to be ready, these things happen - not often, but you have to be ready. It is early days, Gooners, but do you think that instead of a pain in the backside we do not want or need, could the Europa League actually be a nice ray of sunshine for Arsenal?

"We have to win it".

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