Friday, 15 September 2017

Wenger Surprised Arsenal-Cologne Game Went Ahead

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger says that he feared that the Europa League clash between Arsenal and Cologne wouldn't be played after crowd problems caused by ticketless Cologne fans delayed kick-off.
About 20,000 away supporters turned up in London despite the German club being given a ticket allocation of 2,900.
After Thursday's 3-1 win, Gunners boss Wenger said:"Do we play tomorrow? At what time do we want to play? Do we play next week? But they have a Bundesliga game midweek, we have a League Cup game midweek. Do we move it to Tuesday and play Thursday? It was all kinds of speculations that we had to analyse.
"In the end, at some stage, I thought they will not play the game. I can't see the police taking any risk. We live in a society of 100 per cent security.

"I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium but I must say our supporters dealt well with the situation. There was no aggravation and I hope everything goes well after the game."

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