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ARSENAL begin their Europa League campaign against Bundesliga outfit Cologne at the Emirates. Follow the action LIVE with Express Sport.

Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates
64: Arsenal are playing a dangerous little game. Nobody looks particularly interested in pressing or winning the ball back, least of all Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean looks disinterested.
61: That’s Arsenal’s first goal in the Uefa Cup or Europa league since Kanu scored at Lens on 20 April 2000 #FunFact
60: Alex Iwobi is a lucky boy. He loses possession and immediately gives up the chase. Elneny mops up the danger.
56: Cologne as an attacking force look to have downed tools. The switch to four at the back has rejuvenated Arsenal, Holding was having a shocker too.
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Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates

53: Alexis Sanchez sends a cross to the edge of the box for Alex Iwobi, but his right-footed volley drifts wide. Arsenal fans making themselves heard now.

ARSENAL 1-1 COLOGNE – KOLASINAC

50: Arsene Wenger’s a genius, obviously. Arsenal are back in the match thanks to substitute Sead Kolasinac!
Theo Walcott’s deflected cross loops backwards to the left-back, who unleashes a thunderous volley that almost broke the net.
Overheard in the office: “That would have killed a small child…”
50: Alexis Sanchez plays a delicious reverse pass over to Theo Walcott, but the winger is incorrectly flagged for offside.
48: Arsenal official brings round sign revealing “59,359 tickets sold”. He didn’t actually say who they were sold too…
45: Kolasinac is on for Rob Holding. So it looks like Arsenal have reverted to 4-2-3-1 with Nacho Monreal slotting in at centre-back.
HT: Oh, Alexis Sanchez is doing his usual ‘hard done by’ look for the cameras. We get it, Alexis. He might be cheers up to see Sead Kolasinac coming on for the second-half.
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Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates

HT: Our reporter Alex Wood: “Fan trouble has already marred this clash – and Arsenal look jaded. A poor David Ospina kick gifted Cologne the opener.
“The Colombian sliced a clearance which found its way to Jhon Cordoba. The 30-year-old forward still had a fair bit of work to do, but expertly lobbed the Gunners goalkeeper from around 30 yards.”
HT: A very uneventful two minutes of injury time, referee Javier Estrada Fernande blows his whistle for half-time. Plenty of boos around the stadium. I guess there must be some Arsenal fans inside!
TWO MINUTES ADDED TIME
44: Our reporter Alex Wood: “Midfield balance is all over the show for Arsenal. Alex Iwobi is never a central midfielder. Mohamed Elneny workmanlike but mediocre.”
43: Another misplaced pass, more groans from supporters. Alexis Sanchez looks to switch play with a Hollywood cross to Theo Walcott, but he’s overcooked it.
43: Just a reminder that Cologne are bottom of the Bundesliga. With no points.
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Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates

40: We should be level. Alex Iwobi charges through the middle, lays it off to Alexis Sanchez, who delicately chips a cross over to Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman rises highest, but guides it wide.
39: Arsenal fans getting restless, and that emotion changed to anger when Theo Walcott got shrugged off the ball far too easily. Get on the weights, Theo.
36: It turns out that David Ospina’s clumsy challenge has done some serious damage to Hector. He’s off for an early bath with Jojic taking his place. Big loss for the German visitors.
35: Sanchez to Giroud, back to Sanchez, over to Elneny… miles wide. Lovely approach play until it arrived at the Egyptian’s feet.
32: Luuuucccckyyyyy escape for Arsenal. Hector narrowly misses a lovely cross from the left, but David Ospina spills and clatters into an onrushing forward. It would have been a stonewall penalty, but the linesman comes to his rescue by flagging for offside.
30: Arsenal turning attack into defence in the blink of an eye. Hector Bellerin races down the right flank but misplaces a pass and Cologne win the corner. Astonishing really.
26: Rob Holding’s living dangerously. That’s his third foul in the opening 26-minutes but somehow avoids a booking again.
23: Arsenal knocking at the door. Alex Iwobi dinks a ball over the top to the onrushing Theo Walcott, but he scuffs his effort wide of the post.
20: Better from Arsenal. Hector Bellerin goes on a signature run down the right before sending a hopeful ball into Olivier Giroud, whose header fails to trouble Timo Horn.
17: Good grief! Calamitous defending from Holding and Mertesacker almost allows Hector to walk through and poke home, but Holding recovers to block.
14: Close! Alexis Sanchez whips a corner into the area but Nacho Monreal’s header doesn’t have any real power and Horn collects with ease.

ARSENAL 0-1 COLOGNE – CORDOBA

10: WHAT A GOAL! WHAT AN ABSOLUTE WONDER GOAL!
Jhon Cordoba has sent the Cologne fans into ecstasy with a fantastic 40-yard goal. The forward collects a weak clearance from David Ospina, and rifles it over the backtracking stopper to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Cordoba didn’t even look up. Perfect combination of incredible skill and pure instinct.
10: Cologne manager Peter Stoger is wondering up and down the touchline. He’s dressed in a grey suit and luminous red trainers. Clearly going for that ‘I go to the gym straight after work’ look…
7: Oh, the flares are out. I would normally tell you if they were set off in the Arsenal or away end, but who knows which is which anymore. Just stick that on the UEFA charges tab…
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Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates

4: Rob Holding looks a yard off the pace and concedes a free-kick in a very dangerous area. His blushes are spared as it’s sent straight into the wall.
3: As expected, Arsenal are fully in control of the early stages. Their strength in depth will be critical during this Europa League campaign. Saying that, Holding rugby tackles Bittencourt and is lucky to escape a booking.

ARSENAL 0-0 COLOGNE

1: It’s been complete mayhem folks, but we’re underway at the Emirates. God knows what’s going to happen if Cologne score first!
20:02: Here’s a quick reminder of those starting XI’s…
Arsenal XI: Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Iwobi, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Giroud, Sanchez.
Subs: Macey, Wilshere, Mustafi, Reine-Adelaide, Kolasinac, Akpom, Nelson.
Cologne XI: Timo Horn, Klunter, Mere, Heintz, Rausch, Hector, Bittencourt, Hoger, Lehmann, Zoller, Cordoba.
Subs: Kessler, Sorensen, Risse, Jojic, Osako, Guirassy, Jannes Horn.
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernande.
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Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates

21:00: Do Cologne have ant recognisable talent? In short, no, but they have some good players nonetheless.
Their talisman from last season, Anthony Modeste, is currently out on loan in the Chinese Super League having hit 25 goals for Stoger’s men last season.
Forward Yuya Osako is a Japan international, while experienced skipper Matthias Lehmann has been around the block.
New signing Jhon Cordoba has been likened to Didier Drogba in the past while a host of former Germany international youth talents make up much of the squad.
20:58: OK, let’s try and focus on the football. Arsene Wenger has made nine changes from the starting XI which beat Bournemouth 3-0 on Saturday.
Only Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal keep their place in the team.
Into the side comes the likes of David Ospina in goal, Alex Iwobi in central midfield and Alexis Sanchez up front alongside Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.
Jack Wilshere makes his first appearance in an Arsenal squad for over a year. Young star Reiss Nelson joins Wilshere on the Gunners bench.
20:55: Right, well after all the mayhem and disruption – we’re going to have a game of football that’s likely to finish at around 11pm. Let’s hope it stays safe and in control.
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Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates

TWITTER ROUND-UP
Mark: Surely the huge Cologne fans march through London would’ve alerted the authorities as to how many would try and get into the Emirates?
Richard: All orderly again inside the Emirates with police presence. Cologne fans in full voice.
Connor: Cologne fans have bought Arsenal membership, tickets for the home end and now Arsenal shirts to get in.
20:42: Met Police say extra officers have arrived at the Emirates. A Spokesman said: “A policing plan is in place for the game. Additional officers have been deployed.”
20:40: This is an absolute shambles. Arsenal are saying that the safest option is to play the match tonight, but the Cologne fans have completely taken over the stadium. 
Chris Wheatley‏’s video below shows just how many are inside the stadium.
20:35: Despite Arsenal saying the situation at the Emirates is now under control. We’ve received comments from an Express Sport reader who fears for her daughter’s safety.
Tessa Irwin writes: “Only very small children are currently allowed to be removed. How bad there are 42 riot police by the family enclosure… are you serious???
“They have even been allowed to watch the football in the family enclosure. There are a few of them a few rows in front.
“Not quite sure why Arsenal have done this but it looks like they have sold thousands and thousands of tickets to away supporters and are right by my daughter in the family enclosure.
“How have they compromised the safety of the vulnerable? I am really worried about my daughter now.”
20:31: BREAKING: Arsenal say that the situation is under control and that the game will kick-off at 9.05pm.
20:30: Updates from our reporter Alex Wood, at the Emirates Stadium.
The Emirates Stadium is on lockdown following crowd trouble from Cologne fans. Ticketless fans from the Bundesliga outfit have turned up in their thousands and tried to force entry into the stadium.
Fighting has also taken place around Drayton Park tube. As a result, Arsenal have opted to put the kick off time back by one hour in the interests of crowd safety.
Cologne supporters had been on the rampage earlier through Oxford Circus and Soho.
It’s thought around 20,000 fans have travelled from Germany despite an official ticket allocation of 2900.
All turnstiles now locked. Reporters aren’t allowed to leave. Helicopter heard over the ground.
Gareth: I’m sure a few phone calls to Millwall and this Arsenal situation could’ve been sorted hours ago!
Cheney: What’s the point in travelling all the way to another country and ruining the game/ evening for everyone?
Erik: If you think the scenes in the Emirates Stadium is crazy, imagine how crazy it will get during the 2018 World Cup in Russia!
20:20: Cologne can’t say they weren’t warned! 
Ahead of the delay, Arsenal’s official website warned Cologne fans they faced being asked to leave the stadium if they purchased tickets in the home sections of the ground.
“Please note visiting supporters that purchase a ticket in the home end for this fixture are likely to be ejected from the stadium,” a statement on their website read.
20:15: There’s a bunch of videos circling around Twitter of Cologne fans completely taking over the Arsenal sections. Judging by the amount of people in the home section joining in with this Cologne chant, segregation is a major issue still.
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Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates

20:10: Riot police have arrived! Reports are saying that the situation is ‘easing’ and we should still be starting at 21:05.
20:07: Blimey. Having begun to let some Cologne supporters into the stadium, fights are now breaking out.
The Cologne supporters who bought tickets for the home end are fighting with stewards to reach the away section. I really don’t know if this match is going to take place tonight folks. 
20:05: Hundreds of Cologne supporters were being held behind a police cordon as order was being restored in and around the away turnstiles.
No further delays were anticipated but another problem occurring was the number of away fans attempting to enter the home sections of the stadium with legitimate tickets.
Earlier today, Cologne supporters flooded into central London as around 20,000 fans of the Bundesliga side were expected in the capital despite only 3,000 tickets being available.
Fans took to the streets in their numbers, with social media posts showing hordes of supporters singing and marching around Oxford Circus hours before the scheduled 20:05BST kick-off.
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Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates

Arsenal v Cologne: Europa League LIVE scores, updates and highlights from the Emirates
20:00: Evening folks, I’ve just witnessed an absolute shambles in Italy with Everton being thrashed 3-0 by Atalanta, and apparently there’s another circus unfolding in North London?! I’ll explain the situation.
19:25: “The kick-off of Arsenal v Cologne has been delayed by an hour in the interests of crowd safety,” the Gunners have tweeted.
19:20: Arsenal are saying that the sheer volume of Cologne supporters outside the stadium is preventing home fans getting in. Remember, the Bundesliga side have brought 20,000 with them to London.
19:15: Bad news folks. Tonight’s match at the Emirates has been delayed by an hour because of crowd congestion. That means Arsenal v Cologne will NOT start until 21:05.
Arsenal XI: Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Iwobi, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Giroud, Sanchez.
Subs: Macey, Wilshere, Mustafi, Reine-Adelaide, Kolasinac, Akpom, Nelson.
Cologne XI: Timo Horn, Klunter, Mere, Heintz, Rausch, Hector, Bittencourt, Hoger, Lehmann, Zoller, Cordoba.
Subs: Kessler, Sorensen, Risse, Jojic, Osako, Guirassy, Jannes Horn.
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernande.
PREVIEW
Arsene Wenger will rest a host of first-team players when Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign at home to Cologne.
Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette will all be rested for the visit of the Bundesliga side.
Jack Wilshere could make his first Arsenal appearance in over a year while Alexis Sanchez may also feature, but Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are out.
Arsenal provisional squad: Ospina, Macey, Mertesacker, Holding, Monreal, Pleguezuelo, Mustafi, Bellerin, Nelson, Kolasinac, Wilshere, Willock, Elneny, McGuane, Giroud, Walcott, Iwobi, Sanchez, Nketiah.
Seven of Arsenal’s first-choice players will be rested completely from the game with Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil all sitting this one out.
That does not necessarily mean it will be a team of inexperienced youngsters as Jack Wilshere could make a long-awaited comeback while Alexis Sanchez may feature as he strives for match sharpness.
Back-up David Ospina is likely to come in, while the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Per Mertesacker, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are also in contention.
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