Bellerin Reveals Which Change Won The Game For Arsenal

Bellerin Reveals Which Change Won The Game For Arsenal

Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has defended Cologne supporters after crowd problems at the Europa League game at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

ALEXIS Sanchez made his first start, and scored his first goal, of the season as Arsenal came from behind to beat FC Koln last night (Thursday).After the match Arsene Wenger praised his Chilean talisman, who was nearly sold to Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

European football's governing body has announced that Arsenal face a charge of stairways being blocked in the away supporter sector.

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. "Three officers were injured as a result of the disorder, none of them seriously, and five people were arrested on suspicion of public order offenses".

"Loudest away support I've ever seen at a game in England", said leading footballer writer Michael Cox on his Instagram account.

Cologne supporters cheer during the Europa League Group H soccer match against Arsenal.

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"The game has now concluded and the majority of supporters have left the stadium and the surrounding area".

Sanchez made his second start of the season in an impressive showing, capping his performance with a sublime effort in the second half - his first goal of the season against the Bundesliga's bottom side.

Speaking after the match Arsene Wenger said: 'They (Cologne fans) were very clever. "In the end, at some stage, I thought they would not play the game".

Thousands managed to buy tickets meant for home fans, but the atmosphere was largely peaceful throughout the match, which Arsenal won 3-1. "The 3,000 tickets issued to Cologne fans were in line with competition rules but it is clear many more visiting fans arrived, causing significant congestion and disturbance outside the stadium before kick-off, " said the club.

"Finally, the course of the match showed that the mixing of home and away fans did not constitute a safety risk for this match".