20,000 away fans doesn't go into 3,000 away tickets and there are reports of travelling supporters buying tickets from touts outside the ground and even buying Arsenal shirts to help them get into The Emirates. "A few players have had some response to playing two global games like Ozil and Ramsey, so they are rested completely". So much of the Europa League is about confidence for the Gunners and getting started strong at home behind the likes of fan favorites Wilshere, Giroud and Nelson would be a huge boost.
That meant many attempted to enter without tickets or with tickets for the Arsenal sections, where it soon became clear ahead of kick-off that plenty had succeeded.
Arsenal supporter and political editor of ITV, Robert Peston, tweeted before the game: "These Cologne fans are a disgrace".
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The North London side were due to be facing FC Koln of Germany at the Emirates Stadium but trouble, seemingly due to additional away supporters trying to get into the crowd, has pushed the start back by an hour.
Cologne took the early lead in the game when Jhon Cordoba lobbed fellow Colombian David Ospina from 40 yards.
"I don't know how they [Cologne supporters] were able to infiltrate our fans but they did it very well".
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Cologne coach Peter Stoger refused to be questioned on the actions of the club's supporters: "I have no comment about the fans", he said. "I don't know what happened at the moment, so I don't want to talk about that".
A statement said: "At around 3pm on Thursday, September 14 a large group of football fans gathered in Oxford Street".
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