Wednesday, 01 April, 2020

Arsenal vs Cologne line-ups: Jack Wilshere left out of Gunners starting XI

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Debra Rodriguez | 15 September, 2017, 01:21

Arsenal will kick off its 2017-18 Europa League campaign on Thursday after narrowly missing the UEFA Champions League a year ago.

Media reports suggested that the volume of fans around the stadium was preventing home supporters getting in, and therefore had necessitated the delay.

Sky Sports reported incidents of "minor scuffles" while a statement issued by London's Metropolitan Police said: "Officers are dealing with disorder at the Emirates Stadium where fans have gathered for the Arsenal vs FC Koln match. Additional officers have been deployed".

Arsene Wenger's men kick off their Group H campaign at the Emirates Stadium with the visit of the Bundesliga side, who attracted a huge following of away fans.

According to a tweet from Arsenal's official account, "The kick-off of #AFCvCOL has been delayed by an hour in the interests of crowd safety".

Manatees rescued by Florida locals after Hurricane Irma leaves them stranded
Locals who had stayed behind noticed several manatees stranded in the mud and proceeded to rescue the marine mammals. Gordon says it's not uncommon for the manatees to be tidally stranded and that it's better not to move them.

The match is sold out and although officially there is space for 3,000 away fans, it is understood there are up to 20,000 Cologne supporters that have made the trip to London.

They will instead be held back for a crunch Premier League clash on Sunday with London rivals Chelsea.

The Bundesliga side were allocated around 3000 tickets, but some 20,000 supporters are said to be in the capital.

Cologne are now bottom of the Bundesliga table, having lost all three of their opening games in this season's German top flight.

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