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Arsenal came from behind to beat Cologne in their delayed Europa League opener against a backdrop of crowd trouble at the Emirates Stadium.
Kick-off was delayed by an hour as ticketless away supporters attempted to enter the ground, with plenty of Cologne fans sat in among the home section when the tie finally got under way, with the Gunners eventually running out 3-1 victors.
Four arrests were made on suspicion of public order offences as extra police were deployed to the scene. On the pitch, Arsene Wenger’s much-changed side show determination to fight back from Jhon Cordoba’s early 40-yard strike to seal three points thanks to goals from Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Hector Bellerin. Not a night where singling out a single performance was an obvious decision but Bellerin played well throughout, at wing-back in the first half and a more traditional right-back role after the half-time shuffle. Always offers an out-ball and gets up and down the flank with ease, deserved his goal which wrapped up three points on what could have proven a difficult night for the Gunners.
David Ospina: 5 (out of 10)
Rob Holding: 5
Per Mertesacker: 6
Nacho Monreal: 6
Hector Bellerin: 8
Alex Iwobi: 6
Mohamed Elneny: 7
Ainsley Maitland-Niles: 6
Theo Walcott: 5
Alexis Sanchez: 7
Olivier Giroud: 6
Sead Kolasinac (for Holding, 45): 7
Jack Wilshere (for Iwobi, 68): 7
Reiss Nelson (for Walcott, 83): 6
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