FC Koln fans force Arsenal to push kick-off back

Arsenal have been forced to push their Europa League opening match kick-off back by an hour.

FC Koln have had a huge amount of supporters travel to London for today’s match-up, with as many as 20,000 believed to have descended on the capital city.

Unfortunately the travelling fans do not all have tickets for the previously scheduled 8:05 kick-off, with 2,900 being allocated to away fans, less than 20% of the believed crowd.

The official reports are that the game has been delayed ‘due to the interests of crowd safety’, although there isn’t claimed to be a serious problem around the stadium, despite police reporting that flares have been let off near the Emirates.

Cologne fans are believed to have been forced to wait outside the stadium later than the scheduled time, due to an unprecedented amount of fans trying to gain entry into the arena, and the extra time is in order to dispense the overgrown crowd and allow ticketed supporters to get to their seats in time for kick-off.

It remains to be seen how this will affect the players, but Arsenal will be keen to kick-off their European campaign with a win, and will be confident of doing so considering their opponents disastrous Bundesliga results so far this term.

Will the delay hamper the player’s preparation? Will the delay cause fans inside the stadium to play up?

Pat J

Updated: September 14, 2017 — 7:50 pm


  1. they should loan us some of their fans…maybe then we would finally get wenger out.
    crazy crazy Germany football lovers I envy their spirit.

    1. Wise decision.
      We don’t want another Hillsborough.
      As for the Arsenal team
      I got 9 out of 11 of the starters correct.

      1. We left highbury to compete with Bayern Munich

        Instead they end us 10-2
        And we struggle with the bottom of the bundesliga

        Invincibles activate!

    2. Or y’all should learn about other supporters and support your team whether you’re AKB or AOB.

  2. Aparantly it was a Eufa decision and that the delay is at least an hour and could be even longer. Gonna be a late night for some.

  3. I saw reports that many Germans are coming in for this game, surely something should have been done. It looks we are poor in everything including just hosting a match!

    1. Sorry guys for the above comment which appear insensitive to crowd safety. After reading more on this, I think this was the best decision under the circumstances.

  4. Cologne fans making more of an impact at Emirates.

  5. I see this match being cancelled! I dont see how they will handle this issue now

  6. Feel sorry for all you guys with a bedtime

  7. Wow! These fans would have kicked Wenger out by the time Wenger managed to zip his coat completely.

  8. Why would someone make the trip to another country without having already bought a ticket?

  9. Reports of Cologne fans in all parts of the stadium. Their section is now full but there are masses of their supporters either side and in the North Bank. Reports from Arsenal supporters in the South Bank that they are surrounded by German fans. I don’t think this games will go ahead.
    Obviously Cologne will be in trouble with Eufa but you also know they will throw the book at us for allowing them to get in, even though they entered the stadium illegally.

    1. How would they enter illegally?

      1. Broke in got let in who knows

  10. Well it’s going ahead, kick off in 5 minutes COYG

  11. down 1-nil already ….sucker punched, we are back in comedy mode…

    1. Dont worry , we will be back. That was a poor clearance from Ospina!

      1. …bad judgement …amateurish and just when we don’t need it…

  12. 0-1 great start……. Not

  13. Great start. Must be saving themselves for chelsea

  14. Rough nights Europa league unknown and passionate fans and this is at home. Do we have the grit for this?
    The goal Ospina clearance didn’t to go vertical.
    Mert and holding oh dear 🙁

  15. Lively atmosphere inside
    the library tonight,
    Thursday nite football is fun after all 🙂

  16. These are our back up defenders… God help us if we get injuries!!

    1. If we get injuries ?!

      What next help us if water is wet lool

  17. Crazy start… This Koln fans are….

  18. never clever conceding in europe – somebody should remind Ospina… looks like it was down to his schoolboy error…

  19. Dear me bottom in the table bundesleaga team away matching us easily. We don’t seem to have any midfield! If jack was fit I’d love to see him control this mf.
    Mert so finished unless it’s a slow lofted high ball to defend. A little arrogant I think this team selection!
    Ot Wenger does not suit pink on his coat..

    1. I dont think it was necessary to have 3 at the back for this game with the players playing

  20. I’ll never know how Ospina can be so highly rated by many in here, fans in here are highly critical at the best of times, so I’ll never know.

  21. Lol
    Theo Walcott is pony

    No doubt he will get a goal after having rubbish game

  22. Too many creative players missing.
    Ramsey or ozil needed to be playing tonight.
    Walcott useless but quick.

  23. Love there fans

    Fc koln we salute u
    Hear that noise ?!

    Prawn brigade has taken over from the real fans at highbury

  24. And Sam p mr relax we got this lol. I still think we should win3-1 but where is the passion

  25. Elneny the only one who seems to be playing for Arsenal….

    Alexi is playing crap – take him he isn’t interested.

  26. The weegor brigade must be happy now. We are only getting beat 1 nil. Gutless,

  27. ohhh my god, chelsea will humilate us

  28. Non existent movement off the ball. Elneny is like anyone want it?

  29. What a s**t first half

  30. FC Koln came with a game plan and we dont. At times it looks like Belllerin, Walcott and Holding are all playing as right wingers! This team is not being coached properly, I think any manager will do better with these players!

    1. Bellerin is not defending….every attack is just down that right flank.

    2. Because Walcott plays like a right sided striker of a two, Bellerin looks a winger, so Holding looks fullback at times.

  31. if we parked in their half more – we’d get some joy… they suppose to be shite.

  32. Kolasinac needs to come on for m miles. Sanchez out ball is to bellerin everytime.
    This is sh 1 t.

    1. Good call my friend.

  33. I like Holding, but the more I see of him, the more he looks like a £2 million signing! Have we even had a shot on target?

    1. Another overhyped player that everyone is crying out for to start, you know because he’s better than Canavaro. Seriously though if Bellerin goes down we’re f**ked on the right.

    2. I think Chambers is more solid than Holding

  34. It’s scary how poor this team is. I don’t even know where to start with these players.

  35. Lol.. Is there a competition lower than Europa league??

    1. If there is we’ll be in it ?

    2. Yes, championship

  36. The most depressing time ever being an arsenal fan.

  37. Take Walcott off. Send Wilshere on. Move Iwobi up.

  38. Players need to start show on the pitch that they deserve to play for this team.

  39. Where the f**k is Chambers??? Seriously at least he should have been in the back 3 with Monreal at LWB is we’re playing him anyway. The guy had a whole season of first team football but can’t get a look in. Am I missing something here?

  40. The more I see performances like this the angrier I get with Wenger for extended and not giving someone else a chance to create something exciting with Arsenal.

  41. any less than a turnaround will be unacceptable really – they’re at the butt end of budesliga ffs

  42. Just read some German fans (On Facebook) laughing about how bad Walcott has been, and they described Arsene Wenger as his “Mother”.

  43. We make all the crap teams look good

  44. A loss today followed by a predictable beat down @
    Stanford Bridge over the weekend and Wenger should be sacked.

    Joke of a futbol club.

  45. I don’t think Theo’s getting a coffee machine this Xmas…

  46. #EmptySeats

    Make it happen or this disaster will continue.

  47. Good goal by Kolasinac!

    But there is an issue which i need to highlight:

    Playing 3 at the back effectively means playing 5 at the back and that comes with the sacrifice of a midfielder. To make up for this, you need a Midfielder with the talent and work rate of 2 Midfielders. That is the price you have to pay (otherwise every freaking team will play this system) for this system which seems defensively more stable. If not, the midfield gets overrun and you neutralize any additional defensive stability that you get.

    A great example is Chelsea who have Kante and that is why hey are successful in the system. We have Xhaka who i still don’t know what the real talents are and Ramsey who wants to be a striker rather than a MF. We are not ready for this system.

    This is such a basic stuff that it makes me sick that a manager with over 16 overs of experience do not know this.

    1. To play 3 at the back you need dynamic wing backs who defend or attack when needed. meaning we should have so many midfielders when we have possession and 5 defenders when defending. We also need to make sure that wingers drift inside, 3 central defenders to drift back and spread when we are attacking to avoid counter attacks from the wings!

      1. Wenger be like: “Never knew this was so complicated!”

  48. …as I said TANK IS ON!!!!

  49. Wilshere Nelson Akpom
    comes on and sparks late win.
    Cue “We showed mental strength”
    The 2nd coming of the English core
    ready to dominate Europe.

  50. When i remember that Theo freaking Walcott held Monsiuer Wenger over ransom with demands of playing as center forward in exchange of signing a new contract and Wenger obliged! Theo Walcott! Walcott!

    1. ..even worse he wears No14 (..how delusional)…

  51. Firstly why didn’t walcott hit it on the volley 2nd lyl I’m glad he didn’t kolasinac showing our forwards how it’s done.
    He’s like sanchez a different level to a lot of the others.

    1. totally – he plays without fear.

  52. And what fantastic away fans. Meanwhile the elite Londoners are reading a book while having a nice cup of tea! Cheerio!

  53. Sanchez seems to be making a strong case for his January sell at a very cheap price! Well done!

  54. Maitland niles not good enough.
    Don’t worry akpom is on the bench.

    1. i disagree – he will come good.

      1. he come out better from the right side of defense and he almost scored a spectacular goal!

  55. For all those clamoring for Iwobi to replace Ozil.


    And Theo is such a hopeless cause.

    Damn what a strike

  56. I hope you are right re MN. He does look better at dm than wb.

  57. Theo and his affair with Offsides!

  58. At the end of the day, we would be saved by two brilliant individual moments which would mask a horrendous team effort with a virtually non existent MF . Fry me all you want for being so cynical, but i will keep the mast of realism flying high. And you will thank me after the Chelsea Match.

    1. So we are winning this game and you’re focusing on a defeat that we may not even have against Chelsea before this game has even finished?


      A defeat against Chelsea isn’t garanteed. That match hasn’t even started yet Mcfly. Unless you’ve got a sports alminac from the future how about getting behind your team.

  59. …pace with end product (as its meant to be)… Bellerin has answered his doubters i’d say

  60. How nice to see jack sead reiss and alexis all flicking the ball around at the end.
    A glimmer of the arsenal of old.

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