Arsenal came back to whip Cologne 3-1

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Sanchez helped Arsenal to a 3-1 win over Cologne in their first match in the Europa League, after kickoff was delayed for one hour at the Emirates due to crowd congestion.

Arsenal had to get the day started an our later thanks to a massive 20,000 FC Koln fans that were intent on letting the world know that they were proud of the team.

With dueling reports of fan scuffles and Arsenal barring the gates, it's enough for UEFA to form a disciplinary committee, to address the issues above next Thursday.

A significant number of visiting fans also appeared to have purchased tickets among the home support and five arrests were made after scuffles broke out between the two sets of fans, both inside and outside the stadium. "But I must say our supporters as well dealt well with the situation and there was no aggravation".

Labeled as "sporadic disorder" by British police and "jovial" by others, Arsenal's Europa League match against Cologne on Thursday divided opinion of those in the stands and watching on television.

"I moved to a four [at the back] in the second half and Kolasinac gave us a lot going forward, but as well he pushed Sanchez more forward", said Wenger.

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His introduction was not the turning point either, even though we were still level with FC Cologne when Arsene Wenger made the decision to bring the England midfield star on.

"We worked in full consultation with police and Uefa officials on the night and in advance of the game and had taken extensive steps in advance to prevent tickets being sold to visiting supporters", the club added.

Arsene Wenger named an "experimental" side with a big game against Chelsea coming up at the weekend, but things did not go to plan as the visitors took the lead in freaky circumstances.

Cologne coach Peter Stoeger refused to be questioned on the actions of the club's supporters, saying: "I have no comment about the fans".

"The overwhelming majority of our fans have represented the club, the city of Cologne, and German football happily and positively".

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