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Summary

  1. Arsenal come from a goal down to win
  2. Game kicked off an hour late after crowd problems
  3. Cologne ahead with Cordoba's 40-yard strike
  4. Arsenal equalise through Kolasinac volley
  5. Brilliant Sanchez strike puts Arsenal in front
  6. Bellerin pokes in Gunners' third
  7. 20,000 Cologne fans at game, only 2,900 tickets - reports
  8. Below-par Everton beaten 3-0 by Atalanta

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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'We controlled the game '

Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to BT Sport: "We had a slow start and there was an accidental goal. After that it was important not to concede and panic and put more pace into our game. From then. we controlled the game and won convincingly in the end.

"I think Sanchez is still running after his best form. He is a fantastic football player but physically he has just come back. But he has it in his locker to do something special, which he did.

"We want to do well in all the best competitions and I had an experienced team today, even though I made nine changes. They are all top class players, there is no hierarchy in the squad."

'We think we are one of the best teams in the competition'

Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

Arsenal

Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin speaking to BT Sport: “It’s a new competition for us so we had to set the tone. We think we are one of the best teams in the competition so we have to show that on the pitch.

“I’m very happy for the victory. We were ready to play at eight o’clock, but these things happen. We started a bit with cold feet but after that it just worked.

“The win in the league against Bournemouth and today’s win, coming back from behind, gives you a boost. We will train over the next two days and then be ready for Chelsea.“

Hector Bellerin
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Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

Sead Kolasinac’s goal was the 200th scored at home in European competition under Arsene Wenger – totals now stand at 125 goals at the Emirates, 69 goals at Highbury & 8 goals at Wembley.

57 and up

Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

Arsene Wenger has now beaten 57 different clubs during his tenure as Arsenal manager (from 64 different teams faced).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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In the other game in Arsenal's group tonight, Red Star Belgrade drew 1-1 with BATE Borisov, meaning that the Gunners are two points clear at the top after one game.

'It won't be remembered for the football'

Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

John Southall

BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

So victory for Arsenal, but the game seems almost irrelevant after the unsavoury pre match trouble. Uefa will investigate and numerous questions need to be answered, most significantly how did the segregation break down so alarmingly with thousands of Cologne fans in Arsenal areas, including the family section?

It was a good win for Arsenal in the end with two terrific goals from Sead Kolosinac and Alexis Sanchez, but it's a night that won't be remembered for the football.

FC Koln fans let off flares
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FULL-TIME

Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

A far from routine on and off the pitch - but a strong second-half showing gives Arsenal a good win in the end.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

Champagne stuff from Arsenal now as they put together a flowing, trademark move of one-touch passing and movement.There are backheels from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud, Reiss Nelson is involved as Alexis Sanchez eventually floats a chip across goal and wide.

Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

That Hector Bellerin goal was the cue for many fans to leave the Emirates. We are already an hour after schedule of course.

Hector Bellerin celebrates
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SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

Youngster Reiss Nelson comes on for Arsenal in place of Theo Walcott. It has been a very good second half for the hosts.

GOAL - Arsenal 3-1 Cologne

Hector Bellerin

That does seal it now! Sead Kolasinac does well again to drive down the left and put in a low cross, Jack Wilshere sells a lovely dummy on the edge of the area which takes two defenders out of the game. The ball ends up at the feet of Theo Walcott, his shot is saved by Timo Horn but Hector Bellerin, backing up behind, reacts well to sweep home.

Hector Bellerin scores
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Hector Bellerin scores
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Arsenal 2-1 Cologne

The game's not yet won as we reach the final 10 minutes. Cologne sub Milos Jojic rattles a shot straight at David Ospina.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 2-1 Cologne

Chance to seal it for Arsenal as Jack Wilshere plays a neat pass into the run of Alexis Sanchez - he lifts a shot wide but the flag was raised anyway.

Jack Wilshere
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Arsenal 2-1 Cologne

Arsenal have been much better since the break. Alexis Sanchez hits a free-kick straight at Timo Horn in the Cologne goal.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 2-1 Cologne

It's been a lonely shift up front at times for Jhon Cordoba but the former Mainz man does brilliantly to run from halfway and force David Ospina into a decent save low at his near post.

Arsenal 2-1 Cologne

Can't really argue with that as an honest assessment...

(67') World class strike from Alexis Sanchez as he cuts in from the left side and bends it in. Wow. 2-1 #AFCKOL

Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring
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Arsenal 2-1 Cologne

Theo Walcott is offside again. He has made that run in behind so many times tonight.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 2-1 Cologne

Jack Wilshere is on for Alex Iwobi. His first appearance for the Gunners in 13 months.

GOAL - Arsenal 2-1 Cologne

Alexis Sanchez

Another beauty! Alexis Sanchez is running away from goal but still scores!

He is actually handed a poor through ball which forces him very wide to the left, he cuts back inside, into the area, and then is forced out of the area. He is running back towards his own goal and then somehow hooks his foot around the ball to curl in deliciously into the far corner. Superbly done. His first of the season.

Alexis Sanchez scores
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Alexis Sanchez celebrates
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GREAT SAVE!

Arsenal 1-1 Cologne

Almost brilliant! Ainsley Maitland-Niles goes on a jinking, driving run from midfield which sees him skip around the last defender and in on goal. He is met by Timo Horn, who does really well to spread himself and take the ball. AMN could have dinked it though...

But the run was superb. Silky. Jack Wilshere is stripping down.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles
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Arsenal 1-1 Cologne

The tempo has rather gone out of the game at the moment, with the sizable visiting support also falling quiet(er) since the goal.

Arsenal 1-1 Cologne

Sead Koalsinac half lifted his shirt after scoring but seemed to think better of it. We think that his t-shirt underneath carried some sort of reference to his old club Schalke...

Sead Kolasinac celebrates
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Arsenal 1-1 Cologne

Hector Bellerin has to put the afterburners on to chase back and prevent a promising-looking Cologne attack. They had goalscorer Jhon Cordoba in space in the middle.

Arsenal 1-1 Cologne

That's Arsenal's first goal in the Uefa Cup or Europa league since Nwankwo Kanu scored at Lens on 20 April 2000.

Kanu
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The Gunners have been much improved since half-time as Theo Walcott scoops a cross over.

Arsenal 1-1 Cologne

I was at Wembley when Sead Kolasinac scored in the Community Shield, he is making an impression isn't he? He gets into the area again and delivers a cross which is well dealt with in the end.

GOAL - Arsenal 1-1 Cologne

Sead Koalsinac

Wooooshhh! What a hit that is from the half-time sub!

Theo Walcott is in behind again, he takes an odd touch which takes him away from goal but when his cross back in is deflected up into the air, Sead Kolasinac runs onto it and absolutely leathers a volley into the far corner. Some needed feel-good factor.

Sead Kolasinac celebrates
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Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Theo 'call me Pippo Inzaghi' Walcott is offside again.

KICK-OFF

Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Cologne get us up and running once more.

Sead Koalsinac is on for Rob Holding at the break. BACK FOUR.

Leading at the break?

Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Cologne have lost only one of their last 33 games in all competitions after a half-time lead (W26, D6), That was a 1-2 defeat to Augsburg in 2014.

Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

That Jhon Cordoba goal also incorporates one of my favourite niche things in football - a team-mate celebrating ages before the ball hits the net. Simon Zoller called it the moment it left the striker's boot.

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Matthew Okot: Wenger has never cut it at European level. 21 years at a big club, 2 finals and 0 trophies. Even the Invincibles failed

Rezaa Sait: After being at the club for a decade, Walcott has still not been good enough to be a regular. Should have started Reiss Nelson.

Arsene Wenger
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HALF-TIME

Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Loud boos at the break. The natives are restless. The many, many away fans are happy enough.

WAHAAAYYYY!!!!

Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Whether you're a Cologne fan, or an Arsenal fan, you're going to cheer when the referee falls over. Guaranteed.

Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Alexis Sanchez overhits a simple pass into the run of Hector Bellerin for the second or third time this half. Rusty?

CLOSE!

Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Arsenal's best attack. Alex Iwobi runs the ball into the area and finds Alexis Sanchez to his left, he stands up a lovely little cross which Olivier Giroud heads wide under heavy pressure.

Olivier Giroud
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Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Alexis Sanchez is playing much deeper than usual, with Olivier Giroud up front. The Chilean has not been involved too much to be honest.

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Bishop Yinkus: So Sanchez has turned himself to playmaker now instead of staying upfront and running into opposition

Alexis Sanchez
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SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Jonas Hector is not able to continue. He was clobbered by David Ospina and after coming back on for a minute or two his race is run.

Milos Jojic comes on.

PENALTY APPEAL

Arsenal 0-1 Cologne

Brilliant cross! Konstantin Rausch whips in a superb ball in which David Ospina fumbles, Jonas Hector gets there first and is wiped out by Ospina.

It would be a clear-cut penalty - but the offside flag was already raised. A let-off for the Colombian keeper.

Hector is Germany's first-choice left-back but plays in midfield for Cologne.