FC Koln v Arsenal Match Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal make the trip to Germany to take on Bundesliga strugglers FC Koln, in a match that could see the visitors confirm top spot in their Europa League group. If you like betting on sporting events, perhaps this is not the type of game that you want to risk much money on, considering that Arsenal’s reserves will not have the same urgency to win as the First XI did on Saturday.

The Gunners go into the match needing just one point from their remaining two matches to confirm top spot in Group H to cement their place as one of the top seeds in the knock-out stages of the competition, while a loss for our opponents could well see them closed out of the top two spots, but at least Cologne will have the wish to win the game to give them a chance of reaching the next stage of the competition, while Arsenal are already guaranteed progression.

In the reverse match-up, Cologne took an early lead in the match, only for our boys to put in a second-half performance and turn that deficit into a 3-1 win. The German’s have not had an upturn in form domestically and remain without a single win in the league thus far, and we will not be travelling with charity in mind as we look to cement our place in first with a match still to play.

As in previous matches, you can firmly expect Arsene Wenger to rotate his starting line-up for the competition, and you can expect the likes of Reiss Nelson, Ashley Maitland-Niles and Chris Willock all to start, while Danny Welbeck will also be making his return from injury.

We currently have doubts over the fitness of Theo Walcott, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding who would usually have been utilized in the EL.

Predicted XI:

Mertesacker  Elneny  Chambers/Holding
Nelson  Coquelin  Willock  Maitland-Niles
Iwobi  Wilshere

This team should have more than enough to secure the point needed to top the table, and I expect us to win comfortably, with Wilshere running the show.

I’ll go for a 3-1 win (as in the previous fixture), with Nketieh scoring from the bench to close out the match in the second-half.

Is there any doubt that this team would secure a draw at worst? What are your predictions?

Pat J

Updated: November 24, 2017 — 8:57 am


  1. Yeah I expect us to win but it’s quite hard to predict the result. Koln have nothing to lose and will go all out for it. If that happens then there could be two scenarios. First they produce an inspiring performance and grind a win. Second they could go all out on attack leave themselves open at the back and we could score 4 or 5. But I will go a 1-3 away win for the club I preach,worship and love……?????

  2. is walcott injured? ?..shame for him, but not for us

    1. Great for us. It would be greater still if we had not wasted the last twelve years dishing him out huge wages , for nothing in return.

  3. Arsenal to win 2 nil..iwobi and welbeck on the score sheet..OT hoping and praying that we win against burnley because that match could make or break the coofidence of the whole team

  4. yeah 2 or 3 nil but we’ll make hard work of it.

  5. Koln 2-4 Arsenal.

  6. I don’t like Theo in this position, if ever there was a player that looked a fish out of water. He just isn’t comfortable enough with a ball to play there. I hope to see Holding showing that promise he showed last season. He was aggressive when going for the ball, he attacked it, and his positioning was his strong point. He needs to get back to that. Chambers if he plays, I’d like to see these two throw down the gauntlet.

    1. I don’t like Theo in this position either, you know the position I mean; in that rectangle with four straight lines surrounding it. It would be more appropriate for him to relax in an armchair.

  7. I think some supporters have personal issues with Theo.

  8. Its better for walcott to stay unfit. If he plays i dun think i will watch the game. Hahahaha

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