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British media reported that 20,000 Cologne fans had made their way through London towards the stadium, despite only 3,000 tickets being allocated to the German club, who were playing in European competition for the first time in 25 years.

And they brought central London to a standstill as they marched down Oxford Street. They threw smoke bombs, lit flares and caused chaos on that occasion - UEFA can count themselves lucky that this fixture provided more of a celebratory tone than five years ago.

Arsenal's official website warned Cologne fans they faced being asked to leave the stadium if they purchased tickets in the home sections of the ground. "A policing plan is in place for the game".

As Koln went 1-0 up through an excellent goal from Jhon Cordoba, pockets of Koln fans could be seen celebrating in the home end much to the Arsenal supporters anger.

The game has been delayed by an hour due to the sheer numbers of German fans outside the Emirates who are clearly up for the game.

Head coach Peter Stoger was asked on the eve of the game if he had a message for the thousands of fans making the trip, to which the Austrian replied: "Enjoy the pubs!"


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