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Wenger surprised by ticket trouble but pleased with win

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 01:31

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger surprised by ticket trouble with FC Cologne fans but pleased with win after delay to start of Europa League match

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PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES BETWEEN EDITS SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 14, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER AT POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER BEATING COLOGNE 3-1 IN EUROPA LEAGUE MATCH 2. (SOUNDBITE )(English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING: "They (Cologne fans) were, yeah, they were very clever, I don't know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and they get everywhere but they did that very well, I don't know, did they go through after membership on the internet, but they did very well." 3. WHITE FLASH 4. (SOUNDBITE )(English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING: "Look I follow German football for a long, long time, I thought Cologne has not played in Europe for 25 years and on the first night they go out and spoil their night, I couldn't understand that, I couldn't get around that so, but hopefully in the end were the problems created by people who had no tickets? I don't know, but, certainly we had more people here than tickets so that was certainly the cause, I don't know really, we left that to the police, I'm not better informed than you I just had to speculate on if the game is not played what do we do." 5. WHITE FLASH 6. (SOUNDBITE )(English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING: "Football is football you know, once you're on the pitch if you love football you play, you don't wonder while you sit in the dressing room what kind of Cup it is, if you want to play football and we played against a good team tonight, a Bundesliga team is always difficult to beat." STORY: Arsenal's Europa League group stage match at home to FC Cologne was delayed by an hour on Thursday (September 14), with four arrests made for public order offences after extra police had to be deployed at The Emirates Stadium in north London. British media said 20,000 Cologne fans had made their way through London towards the ground despite only 3,000 tickets being allocated to the German club, who were playing in European competition for the first time in 25 years. The reports added that the number of away fans around the stadium was preventing home supporters getting in, although the Arsenal fans were eventually able to enter the stadium. The Metropolitan Police said extra officers had been sent to the stadium after scuffles broke out before kick-off. The police later said four people had been arrested "on suspicion of public order offences". The Group H game, which Arsenal won 3-1, was due to kick-off at 1905 GMT but European soccer's governing body UEFA, which organises the competition, said 45 minutes before the scheduled start it would be put back "in the interests of crowd safety". Once the match got underway Arsenal fell behind to a stunning long-range strike by Cologne forward Jhon Cordoba before second-half goals by Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin secured victory for the Premier League side.

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Wenger surprised by ticket trouble but pleased with win

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 01:31