20,000 Cologne Fans Travelling To Arsenal Match

Europa League Tie Is First For 25 Years

Cologne v Arsenal

Up to 20,000 Cologne fans are expected in London on Thursday for their side’s Europa League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Bundesliga side’s fifth place finish last season saw then qualify for European football for the first time since the 1992-93 season when they were knocked out of the Uefa Cup in the first round by Celtic so the trip to London is one the club have awaited for over 25 years.

But most of those supporters won’t actually be at the match. Only 2900 tickets have been allocated to the ‘Billygoats’. The rest of the fans will have to watch the match in the pubs of north London. Arsenal have already warned supporters of the Bundesliga side that they will be removed from the stadium if they buy tickets for the home sections of the stadium.

Despite the Gunners having to drop down to the Europa League following a disappointing Premier League campaign the match is a sell-out with just over 60,000 tickets sold.

Arsenal are expected to feel a weakened side. However, Jack Wilshere could make his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt for over a year while teenager Reiss Nelson may be given a start.