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Europa League • Group H
  • 2nd Half
  • 1. FC Köln
  • Arsenal
  • Guirassy
    88'
  • DebuchyNketiah
    84'
  • OsakoLehmann
    73'
  • ChambersNelson
    67'
  • Guirassy (P)
    62'
  • Klünter
    56'
  • CórdobaOlkowski
    56'
  • Debuchy
    49'
  • 1/2 Time
  • 1. FC Köln
  • Arsenal
  • WelbeckIwobi
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • 1. FC Köln
  • Arsenal
  • MarohRausch
    38'
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1. FC Köln - Arsenal
Europa League - 23 November 2017

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19:57 

So there we go - thanks all for you company, and see youse soon.

19:55 

I've seen better games; I've seen better school detentions; but Arsenal go through to the next stage as group winner nonetheless, while Koln need to beat Red Star in the final round of games.

19:54

Full-time: Koln 1-0 Arsenal

90+2'

Nice from Arsenal, Nketiah, back to goal, laying back for Wilshere who absolutely lamps a shot from outside the box, right of centre,across goal ... Horn tips over and the corner comes to nowt.

90+1' 

BATE Borisov and Red Star have drawn 0-0, so Arsenal have won the group whatever else happens here (probably not very much).

90' 

There'll be four added minutes.

89'

Magical from Nelson, picking the ball up outside the box, left of centre, to sway, dummy and weave past three challenges. But with just the keeper to beat, the ball is on his right foot and he can only stab his shot straight at Horn. Lovely skill though.

88'

Guirassy slides in late on Mertesacker and is booked.

88' 

I'd be staggered if Arsenal can find it in themselves to equalise.

87' 
86' 

Mere bangs a ball forward, over the top, and Guirassy is offside for reasons known best to himself.

85' 

Wilshere weaves in the box and twizzles into a cross, standing one up for Giroud. But he gets just too much of it, and his man can't get any purchase on his header.

84'

Last change for Arsenal: Nketiah, who knows where the goal is, replaces Debuchy, who knows where the bank is.

83' 

It's just occurred that I need to select a man of the match in seven minutes. I've no idea.

83' 

Nice play in midfield from Jojic, who releases Olkowski down the right. In space and with time, he picks out Holding with his low cross, and Arsenal move clear.

82' 
81' 

Ah, I should say that other Horn is back on, limping and grinning.

80' 

Iwobi into Wilshere, who finds Giroud, and the ball goes left to Maitland-Niles. He should look to hit the line, but instead crosses immediately and Horn claims easily.

79' 

Arsenal have been disappointing this half - I can't think of a single proper chance they've created.

77' 

The brothers Horn collide as they slide into a loose ball with Giroud; midfielder Horn stays down, and the ref calls for a stretcher.

75' 

Borisov-Red Star is still 0-0. If that remains the case, Arsenal will win the group tonight, even if they lose.

74' 

Everton v Atalanta has just been described as "up and coming". Er, not sure about that one.

73'

Off goes the centre-forward, Osaka, and on comes the midfielder, Lehmann.

71' 

Koln again find space in behind Nelson, but this time he screams back at Guirassy and forces a throw for Arsenal.

69' 

Rausch finds space down the left, in behind Nelson, and zips back a cross that's only just behind Osako.

68' 
67'

Change for Arsenal: Chambers departs, Nelson arrives. That's interesting, at least - Nelson is a talent.

66' 

John Hartson doesn't think it was a penalty. Repeat ad nauseum.

66' 

They're properly enjoying this in the stands, as they should be. Gotta love football.

65' 
64'

Arsenal force another corner and this time, Elneny picks out a cyan shirt in Mertesacker. But there's not enough pace on the cross and his header is easily fielded by Horn.

64' 

So, what can Arsenal be bothered to do in response?

63'

GOAL! Koln 1-0 Arsenal (Guirassy, pen) Ospina dives left and Guirassy curls high down the middle.

61'

PENALTY KOLN! Guirassy stretches onto a return pass on the left of the box and Debuchy unable to keep pace, is adjudged to have brought him down! I'd say that was probably a dive.

60'

Come all without, come all within, you ain't seen nothin' till the mighty Koln! Jojc picks up a loose defensive header fro Mertesacker and slides a pass through for Guirassy! He's between the posts, ten yards out ... but can only swepp a tame effort into the ground, allowing Ospina an easy save.

59' 
58' 

Unlike Basel last night, Koln have not stepped-to in the second half.

57'

Between those two set-pieces, Olkowski replaced Cordoba.

56' 

Klunter pulls back Maitland-Niles and is booked. Free-kick Arsenal, down the left, between touchline and box; Elneny again hits the first man, though wins a corner.

56' 

Anyone know any jokes? I'm not sure what my favourite thing about Switzerland is, but the flag's a big plus.

56' 
54' 

This is approaching the hard to watch stage. Less than nothing is happening.

52' 

Arsenal win a corner down the left, driven flat towards the near post by Elneny, where Guirassy heads clear.

51' 

John Hartson's talking. Now it's raining in my heart.

50' 

It's raining.

48'

Guirassy breaks down the left, so Debuchy rattles him on the slide. Booking.

49' 

Little one-two intiated by Wilshere with - I think - Iwobi. The return is too strong, but still, nice idea.

46' 

Another similarity between this game and Basel-United is that Koln need a result. Arsenal top the group with a draw, but they need to win to stay in the competition, should Red Star beat Borisov. Currently, that game is 0-0.

46'

Iwobi is on for Welbeck - presumably, hopefully, that was a plan rather than a knock.

46'

Off we go again.

19:04 

Back come the teams.

18:50 

Arsenal are much better than Koln, and ought to have taken the lead through Coquelin, but did not. It seems unlikely that they can lose this - they'll either draw 0-0 or win to 0.

18:50

Half-time: FC Koln 0-0 Arsenal

45+2' 

I agree with this.

45+1' 

Osaka breaks through the middle and finds Guirassy, who gets naewhere. Koln end up passing the ball from the Arsenal box all the way back to Horn. This is not a consequence of a feverish gegenpress.

45' 

There'll be two added minutes.

45' 

I can't believe Luzhny didn't score an own-goals, but that appears to be the case. That's football, always surprising us.

44' 
43' 

Arsenal win a free-kick out on the left which Elneny lifts into the box. But Horn is decisive and quick, dashing out to punch clear.

42' 

Good strength from Welbeck, meandering towards the box, but his square pass out to Maitland-Niles is slightly behind him, and means that the eventuating cross is snatched and unhelpful.

40' 

I like this feed.

39' 

Good feet from Maitland-Niles, moving the ball away from a couple of challenges before feeding Elneny, who overhits his cross by plenty.

38'

While Maroh is being chaired around the edge of the pitch, Rausch replaces him.

37' 

Again, Arsenal release Maitland-Niles down the left - he's doing a good job of keeping the width - but the cross he measures, looking for Giroud, is too strong.

37' 

Phew!

35' 

Nice from Arsenal, Welbeck released down the left and lanking into a cross from the left by-line, seeking Giroud. Maroh is on the scene, though, stretching into the road and pinging a hamstring in the process. That'll be his night, I'm afraid.

34' 
32' 

More of the same: Arsenal probing, Koln letting them.

30'

Arsenal knock the ball along the back four, looking to pick a hole in the Koln defence ... and they do! One pass is all it takes, Giroud pulling left - he really is the complete centre-forward - and curling a ball into the path of the marauding Francis Coquelin! He really should score, with a clear sight of goal just outside the width of the posts, but his body-shape is all wrong, though he gets his knee over the shot to lace against the base of the near post.

27' 

Wilshere comes towards the ball and tries a first-time pass back out to the right, looking for Chambers; he doesn't quite get the power and direction, but it was a nice idea and not a bad effort. He's looked miles better than every player on the pitch in every Europa League game I've seen this season; I wonder if and when he'll get a shot in the league. And if he can parlay it into a World Cup berth. He's certainly good enough for the squad.

27' 
26' 

The owners of this flag are surely 14.

25' 

Ouch! Debuchy runs over to contest a ball with Osako, who stamps at it, misses, and nabs shin instead. He has a brief breather, but is now fine.

23' 

In a sense this is like the first half of Basel-Man United last night; the English club are very clearly very much better than their opponents, who are sitting back. Arsenal have yet to create the kind of chances that United managed, though - though this is their second XI.

21' 

Elneny knocks a pass out to Maitland-Niles, who strokes it towards the far post, first time; Jack Ormondroyd is up, but can only nod down without power, and Horn fields easily.

20' 

Which is Arsene Wenger's most egomaniacal blindspot: Manuel Almunia or Francis Coquelin?

19' 

Whaddaya know, Giroud runs a channel and finds himself at the left by-line, taking a touch when one probably wasn't necessary and drilling a cross directly to the nearest defender.

17' 

Not much going on for the now, Arsenal knocking it about and drums beating in the stands. It's not unannoying.

15' 

John Hartosn says Welbeck has to stay fit, and this, apparently, is "up to him". Yes, he really needs to stop getting hurt on purpose.

14'

Elneny tries a shot which is blocked back to Coquelin, and 20 yards out, he connects beautifully, sending the ball lasering just wide,

12' 

Arsenal sling it out to Maitland-Niles down the left, and he sways inside and outside Klunter, who does well to get back at him. Koln then dash forward on the break, but Cordoba runs into trouble for no apparent reason.

11' 
10' 

Giroud and Maroh pursue a ball into the box and Horn dallies, but gets there first in the end.

10' 
10' 

Er, not sure he's on Twitter at the moment, chaps.

9' 

Coquelin runs the ball out of play. Of course he does.

8' 

Arsenal are wearing a kind of cyan colour, fading into azure at the bottom of their tops. The effect is not especially sipid.

6'

Koln, who've come dressed as Nottingham Forest c. 1992, break down the right through Cordoba who, from an acute angle down the side of the box, fires towards the far corner. It was probably going wide, but Ospina made sure, diving to push it there. The corner comes to nothing.

5' 

Koln, earlier today.

3' 

Koln, by the way, are playing a back three - as they did last season in qualifying for this competition, as they haven't so much this season, in finding themselves bottom of the Bundesliga.

3' 

Cordoba hurt himself in that Arsenal attack, but he seems fine now.

2'

Excellent start from Arsenal, Welbeck initiating an incursion coming in off the left and finding Wilshere, who slides a lovely ball into the path of Maitland-Niles, sprinting into the box. But Horn is out sharply to smother his shot behind.

1'

Off we go!

18:02 
18:01 

We're having a minute's applause for Koln's Hans Schaefer, one of the stars of West Germany's 1954 world champions. That is probably my favourite competition, and the final is only part of the reason why.

18:00 

The official team sheet reckons Wilshere will play on the left of the attacking three. Really? I was assuming a 4-3-3, with him in midfield.

17:59 

This is what it's all about.

17:57 

Here come the players! The ground is absolutely jumping!

17:53 

Arsenal will fancy themselves to have a nice run in this competition this season. The problem for them - one not faced by Manchester United last season - is that Napoli, Atletico and Dortmund look set to join them there. Perhaps Napoli will be focused on Serie A, and the other two are struggling, but still; not ideal.

17:44 

Unpopular opinion: Arsenal's champions of 1998 and 2002 were both significantly better than the 2004 side. Won more trophies, beat better opposition - on the pitch and to the title - didn't bottle their biggest games and put together winning runs at clutch which were both far more impressive than not getting beaten, in one competition, for a season.

17:50 

Great to have Welbeck back...

17:44 

Martin Keown is still banging on about 2004.

17:45 

More team news chat: Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud also return and Ainsley Maitland-Niles starts in midfield for Wenger's brave boys.

Big Per Mertesacker captains the Gunners on his return to Germany.

17:40 

The man himself will be watching on from his sofa...

17:35 

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17:30 

Make no mistake about it: tonight is all about Lukas Podolski, except of course it isn't...

17:25 

Arsene Wenger makes 11 changes tonight, with the return of Danny Welbeck the highlight for fans...

17:20 

Here are the teams...

Arsenal: Ospina, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding, Chambers, Elneny, Coquelin, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Welbeck, Giroud.

Cologne: Timo Horn, Sorensen, Maroh, Mere, Klunter, Ozcan, Jojic, Jannes Horn, Cordoba, Osako, Guirassy.

17:15 

Welcome to our live text coverage of the Europa League clash between FC Koln and Arsenal...