Europa League • Group H
  • 2nd Half
  • Arsenal
  • 1. FC Köln
  • WalcottNelson
    83'
  • Bellerín
    82'
  • KlünterOsako
    76'
  • IwobiWilshere
    68'
  • Sánchez
    67'
  • ZollerRisse
    64'
  • Kolašinac
    49'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Arsenal
  • 1. FC Köln
  • HoldingKolašinac
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • Arsenal
  • 1. FC Köln
  • HectorJojic
    35'
  • Córdoba
    9'
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Arsenal - 1. FC Köln
Europa League - 15 September 2017

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And that's full-time

A good win for Arsenal at the end of a long old evening.

Stay tuned to Eurosport for full reaction.

89' 

Some liquid football there involving most of the attacking players. Wilshere and Giroud both feature with back-heels before a Sanchez chip just goes wide.

85' 

Game is very much fizzling out here.

Koln look sunk and Arsenal are cruising.

  • Héctor Bellerín
    GoalHéctor BellerínArsenalGOAL! ARSENAL 3-1 KOLN (BELLERIN) And that is that you would imagine. Kolasinac cuts the ball back and Wilshere dummies it to Walcott. His shot is blocked but Bellerin is on hand to tap home.  And here comes Nelson for Walcott.
82' 

GOAL! ARSENAL 3-1 KOLN (BELLERIN)

And that is that you would imagine. Kolasinac cuts the ball back and Wilshere dummies it to Walcott. His shot is blocked but Bellerin is on hand to tap home.

And here comes Nelson for Walcott.

81' 

Kolasinac sells his keeper a little short with a back-pass but Ospina is alert and gets out to clear.

79' 

Jojic takes aim from distance but it's comfortable for Ospina.

Nelson is getting ready to come on.

77' 

Wilshere slips it through to Sanchez, who is offside but his curled effort goes high and wide.

Ah the flag was up.

76' 

Interesting to see how far forward Wilshere is playing here. Practically the 10.

Osako comes on for Klunter. Aggressive change from Koln and why not.

75' 

Sanchez takes a dipping free-kick and Horn does well to hold it.

74' 

Here's Sanchez's goal.

72' 

Great run from Cordoba from his own half, beating Monreal. His low shot is tipped by Ospina and the keeper gathers the corner.

71' 

Huge roar as Wilshere gets on the ball. He beats one man and oh god Jack that's risky. He over-hits it a little and does jump in.

Arsenal fans wincing there as they know his record with injuries.

69' 
  • Jack Wilshere
    OffAlex IwobiArsenalOoooo and here comes Wilshere.  There's a terrific response from the fans who are clearly thrilled to see him back.  Massive chance for him tonight.
  • Jack Wilshere
    OnJack WilshereArsenal
68' 

Ooooo and here comes Wilshere.

There's a terrific response from the fans who are clearly thrilled to see him back.

Massive chance for him tonight.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    GoalAlexis SánchezArsenalGOAL! ARSENAL 2-1 KOLN (SANCHEZ) Well there's not a lot you can say about that. Sanchez chases down an over-hit pass from Iwobi. He jinks past two men and then curls it into the far corner.  Simply brilliant.
67' 

GOAL! ARSENAL 2-1 KOLN (SANCHEZ)

Well there's not a lot you can say about that. Sanchez chases down an over-hit pass from Iwobi. He jinks past two men and then curls it into the far corner.

Simply brilliant.

65' 

Second change for Koln as Zoller comes off with Risse coming on.

64' 

GREAT SAVE

Maitland-Niles goes on a mazy run beating a number of players.

But he tries to take it round Horn and the Koln keeper does excellently to smother it.

62' 

Couple of moves for Arsenal have just broken down in or around the Koln box with the away side going close as well before the attack is snuffed out.

60' 

Koln fans trying to rally their players.

Ospina comes charging out of his goal again but this time makes the clearance.

58' 

The game is much more open now and whilst Koln look dangerous on the break it feels like Arsenal are more likely to get a second.

55' 

Bellerin fires a cross in from the right and Walcott tries to get on the end of it but Heintz puts enough pressure on and he skies it.

54' 

A Koln break fails when Cordoba under-hits his pass with Bittencourt screaming for it.

52' 

Kolasinac has got Arsenal firing here. He plays a one-two with Sanchez and sends the ball across the box. Eventually Iwobi blazes over.

  • Sead Kolašinac
    GoalSead KolašinacArsenalGOAL! ARSENAL 1-1 KOLN (KOLASINAC) And the substitute has levelled things! Elneny chips it over to Walcott but his touch is poor and he goes wide. His cross is then blocked but it falls to Kolasinac and he smashes the ball into the net on the volley.
49' 

GOAL! ARSENAL 1-1 KOLN (KOLASINAC)

And the substitute has levelled things! Elneny chips it over to Walcott but his touch is poor and he goes wide. His cross is then blocked but it falls to Kolasinac and he smashes the ball into the net on the volley.

48' 

It's cleared but Sanchez picks it up and his clever feet give him the space to chip the ball over to Walcott.

He's called for offside but he looks on when the replay shows.

47' 

Early corner for Arsenal as Koln fans belt out some Rod Stewart by the sounds of things.

46' 

Welcome back and we have a change to tell you about.

Holding, who had a terrible half, is off and Kolasinac is on.

Seems as if Arsenal have moved to a back four.

45' 

And that's half-time.

Work to be done for Arsenal in the second-half.

45' 

A Giroud shot is blocked by Mere and then Bellerin is crowded out down the right.

More good work by Cordoa to hold up the ball.

42' 

Elneny plays the ball over the top to Walcott and he heads it down to Sanchez who tries to find Bellerin. However the pass is poor and it goes out.

41' 

Holdng charges forward but loses the ball.

Bittencourt breaks but he dallies on the ball and Elneny gets back to block the cross for a corner.

39' 

Another good chance for Giroud as Sanchez clips the ball into him. He glances it wide but that's a wonderful chance given the space he's got.

38' 

Maitland-Niles then gets down Arsenal's left but his cross is cut out by Mere.

That's poor from the Arsenal youngster.

37' 

Bittencourt breaks down the left and tries to find Jojic at the back post.

However it's easy for Maitland-Niles to chest back to Ospina.

35' 

Jojic is on to replace him but that's really tough for Hector.

He's their star man and a product of their academy.

The fans roar the name of their hero.

34' 

Hector has come back on but he's gone down and he's going to have to come off.

32' 

Giroud knocks the ball down for Elneny but his shot goes wide.

Hector is still off the field.

30' 

Great ball in from Rausch and Zoller tries to get on the end of it but he's called for offside.

Hector is down following a clash with Ospina.

29' 

The corner routine sets up Rausch for a 'SCHOLES' effort but it goes all wrong. An Arsenal break ends when Sanchez over-hits a pass.

28' 

Giroud does really well to hold the ball up against three Koln defenders but Elneny just gives it away.

Klunter bursts forward from the right and he's lucky that his terrible shot wins a corner.

27' 

Cordoba working hard tonight and he does well to win a foul off Holding.

The youngster needs to be careful here, he must be close to going in the book.

25' 

Sanchez sends it in from the left and Giroud tries to control it with a back-heel. He thinks he's got a corner. The referee thinks otherwise.

23' 

CHANCE!

Iwobi knocks the ball over the defence to Walcott but he snatches at the shot under pressure from Rausch and it goes wide.

22' 

Another clever Koln break sees Cordoba set away on the left side. However he scuffs his cross and it trickles out of play.

20' 

Bellerin sends the ball in from the right and Giroud gets up high and heads towards goal.

Unfortunately it is easy for Horn.

19' 

Arsenal are still seeing a lot of the ball but they aren't doing much with it.

17' 

Here's the goal for you all.

16' 

Crikey a ball is played over the top from Koln's right and Zoller is free in the box.

He nearly gets a shot away but Holding does well to get back and cover.

15' 

Monreal gets a good header away from the corner but it's straight at Horn.

14' 

Maitland-Niles gets down the left and clips it into the near post. Giroud tries to turn it in but it's defended well.

12' 

A man who has played for both sides.

11' 

Lovely moment as Cordoba sprints over to Koln manager Peter Stöger to celebrate. Cordoba was signed for £17 million and he's under a lot of pressure, that'll help.

  • Jhon Córdoba
    GoalJhon Córdoba1. FC KölnGOAL! ARSENAL 0-1 KOLN (CORDOBA) Oh my word what a finish that is. Ospina comes out of his goal to clear a ball over the top. The ball is loose and Cordoba turns and smacks it over the goalkeeper and into the net.  That is magical and this place is bouncing now!
9' 

GOAL! ARSENAL 0-1 KOLN (CORDOBA)

Oh my word what a finish that is. Ospina comes out of his goal to clear a ball over the top. The ball is loose and Cordoba turns and smacks it over the goalkeeper and into the net.

That is magical and this place is bouncing now!

8' 

Sanchez gets applause for some intense chasing down. It won't win the fans back over but it's a start.

6' 

Arsenal thread passes together to get Walcott away but Rausch gets in-between him and the ball and wins a foul.

5' 

Bittencourt tees up Lehmann and his effort is low and generally terrible. Easy for Elneny to clear.

4' 

And again Holding takes Bittencourt out closer to goal.

This is within shooting distance.

3' 

Arsenal knocking the ball around nicely in these opening stages. Koln are very happy just to sit off and absorb the pressure.

They win a free-kick on the break as Bittencourt is taken out by Holding. He's lucky that's not a yellow.

1' 

And we are underway! This should be good.

An early ball from Sanchez is cut out, bright start from the Chilean.

 

Good lord there's a lot of Koln fans in the Emirates. The atmosphere is incredible.

Players are out and we're nearly underway.

 

Right it's a bit belated but we're a few minutes away from kick-off so let's hear your predictions for this one!

 

And Koln

 

A reminder of the two teams.

First Arsenal

 
 
 

GAME WILL GO AHEAD

We will have football in just over 30 minutes!

 

Well, well, well.

We will keep you updated as soon as we get any news.

There are clearly away fans in the home end.

 

Not entirely sure what this means for kick-off but clearly any issues haven't been solved

 

Some fan footage for you.

Pretty poor from the away fans

 

More pictures...

 

Seems to be kicking off a bit...

 
 

It's definitely busy outside the Emirates...

 

So it seems like there's an issue with the sheer number of Koln fans trying to get in. Fan safety is paramount so if the delay is needed then so be it.

 

GAME DELAYED AN HOUR

Erm so we've had a delay of ONE HOUR seemingly because of turnstile issues.

 

KOLN TEAM

Horn, Klunter, Mere, Heintz, Rausch, Lehmann, Zoller, Hoger, Hector, Bittencourt, Cordoba

A relatively strong team from Koln who may fancy their chances of nicking a draw at the Emirates tonight.

 

ARSENAL TEAM

So as we expected there are a number of changes for Arsenal, a clear sign of what Arsene Wenger thinks of the competition.

Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Iwobi, Elneny, Bellerin, Aintland-Miles, Walcott, Alexis, Giroud

It's still a very strong team with only a couple of youngsters. It's perhaps a little bit of a surprise not to see the very exciting Reiss Nelson start, he's on the bench.

 

WELCOME

Good evening and welcome to live coverage of the Europa League match between Arsenal and Koln.

Team news to follow.