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Cologne fans march through London ahead of Europa League tie against Arsenal

Cologne fans march through London ahead of Europa League tie against Arsenal”

Arsenal have not played in the Europa League since 2000.

Cologne now sit bottom of the Bundesliga having lost all three of their league games so far - but they reached the Europa League having finished fifth last season.

Earlier, fans from FC Cologne brought London to a standstill when 20,000 of them turned up to Oxford Street in the centre of the capital.

A further 17,200 fans are simply in England for the moral support of their side and for the trip.

Kickoff in the Europa League game between Arsenal and FC Koln tonight has been delayed by an hour due to crowd safety concerns.

The Frenchman was Lyon's primary goalscorer in their run to the last four of the competition last season, but they came up just short over two legs against Ajax, who lost in the final to Manchester United.

Arsenal, by contrast, are in the Europa League after they failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

It may be that he is forced to wait for an opportunity to aid Arsenal's quest, with Arsene Wenger set to rotate his squad against Koln on Thursday, but Lacazette will be raring to go whenever he is called upon.

The Gunners' official media channels have listed the lineup in a 3-4-3 formation, with Alex Iwobi featuring in central midfield and Ainsley Maitland-Niles at wing-back.

With that in mind, we expect some big changes tonight with some interesting names included.



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