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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez fired his way back into Gunners fans' hearts as his solo goal lit up a Europa League comeback win against Cologne that was nearly called off due to crowd trouble.

"At some stage I thought they will not play the game".

"There is a riot police segregation in the middle of that tier but it's Koln fans either side of it".

That meant many attempted to enter without tickets or with tickets for the Arsenal sections, where it soon became clear ahead of kick-off that plenty had succeeded.

Police say extra officers have been deployed to deal with what they're calling "disorder" at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in north London.

Arsenal are set to begin their Europa League campaign after failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1997/98.

Thousands of ticketless away supporters turned up outside the ground and there were some scuffles between fans and stewards inside after the gates opened, the BBC reported.




A number of Arsenal fans inside texted BBC Football, with one supporter reporting that they felt "intimidated by the disgusting, tense atmosphere", another that they were "ashamed of Arsenal for not seeing the warning signs" and a third describing it as "the worst feeling at football in 40 years of watching".

Outspoken Arsenal fan Morgan claimed that Wilshere should in fact be starting ahead of Wales global Aaron Ramsey in the Gunners team. Because I can't see the police taking any risk. "We've faced sides in the Bundesliga who are on a similar level and we've got positive results against them, so I can sleep easily".

When the match finally got underway, Arsenal found itself trailing early following Jhon Cordoba's stunning 40-yard strike in the ninth minute.

And they could find themselves having their memberships taken away if they are found to have sold the tickets.

Cologne manager Peter Stoger refused to comment on the crowd issues at the Emirates, saying "my job is to talk about football not fans".

"I believe our team was better balanced, better equipped going forward".

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