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Arsène Wenger reacts to Arsenal-Cologne crowd problems – video

Arsène Wenger says that Cologne fans ‘spoiled’ their team’s first European game for 25 years, while Cologne manager Peter Stöger refuses to answer any questions on the subject. Uefa have opened disciplinary proceedings with both clubs facing charges

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Rowdy Cologne fans at Arsenal give English football taste of its own medicine

London found out what it feels like to be caught on the hop by thousands of boisterous, tribal, boozed-up supporters but the scene was largely peaceful

So this is how it feels to be there when the English turn up, to be over there when we go over there. On a night of confusion, anxiety and some mild outbreaks of violence around the Emirates Stadium, London had a taste of what it feels like to be caught on the hop by thousands of boisterous, tribal, boozed-up football fans in search of a space to call their own for the night.

Related: Alexis Sánchez soothes nerves after Cologne and fans give Arsenal a fright

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Alexis Sánchez soothes nerves after Cologne and fans give Arsenal a fright

Europa League football arrived at the Emirates with a confusing, edgy, complicated energy. A one-hour delay due to the enormous band of Cologne supporters who travelled – many thousands in excess of the official allocation of 3,000 – and the intense atmosphere created inside the ground ensured that this Thursday night football lark felt mightily different even before a ball was kicked.

The visiting fans took over the Clock End, which made life intimidating for the home support who had seats in that area. Some felt unsafe and were advised by stewards to move. From the supposed sanctuary of the Family Enclosure to the high hospitality rung of Club Level, this corner of north London turned into Cologne on tour.

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Arsenal v Cologne delayed for crowd safety reasons: Europa League – live!

7.25pm BST

It seems London wasn’t quite ready for a full-blown outbreak of Europa League fervour: congestion around the Emirates has led to kickoff being delayed by an hour to ensure everyone gets in smoothly and safely. Everyone with tickets, that is: there are reports that many fans have turned up without tickets. Play will now begin at 9.05pm Woolwich time.

7.12pm BST

Arsenal: Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Iwobi, Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Giroud, Sanchez

Subs: Macey, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Reine-Adelaide, Nelson, Wilshere, Akpom

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FC Köln fans march parade around Oxford Circus before Arsenal match – video

Thousands of FC Köln fans parade down and around Oxford Circus on Thursday before their team’s Europa League clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. This is the first time in two decades that the German club has played in a European competition

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Arsenal v Köln delayed on safety grounds as 20,000 away fans travel

• Europe League match put back an hour for crowd safety reasons
• Visiting fans given only 3,000 tickets for Emirates Stadium

Kick-off for Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Cologne has been delayed by an hour because of crowd safety after about 20,000 German supporters earlier flooded into central London.

The fans were filmed thronging the streets in the West End ahead of the Bundesliga side’s game at the Emirates Stadium, their first in European competition for 20 years.

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If only Patrick Vieira hadn’t selected power drive | The Fiver

In today’s Fiver: Big Vase, underpants, Carlos Tevez and a misty-eyed trip back to the glory days of January 2007

Times are changing in north London. In years gone by Tottenham Hotspur were the also-rans, forced to watch on enviously as Arsenal savoured countless famous Big Cup nights. There are so many wonderful memories, it’s hard to pick a stand-out moment. There was the time they lost 5-1 away to Bayern Munich. And also the time they lost 5-1 at home to Bayern Munich. There were so many battling, brave performances. The 4-0 defeat to Robinho’s Milan. Robin van Persie’s red card against Barcelona. Olivier Giroud’s finishing masterclass against Monaco. So many priceless contributions. Arsenal sure were missed from this week’s opening round of Big Cup matches. At least the Queen’s Celtic paid tribute to them by losing 5-0 to Paris Saint-Germain; a real classy touch from Brendan’s lot.

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Arsène Wenger stresses positives for Jack Wilshere and the Europa League | Paul MacInnes

The Arsenal manager weighs up the ‘hungry and determined’ midfielder as part of a rotation policy for group game against Cologne

Arsène Wenger did not hide from the Champions League on Tuesday night. “Yes I watched‚” he admitted. “I watched a few games and the main game, of course, was Chelsea. After a while I went to Barcelona against Juventus. It raises many questions about the Champions League, the way it is organised now. We will certainly have to think about it.” What issues? Think about what? “We will speak about it another time.”

Such was the way the Arsenal manager teased as he vacated London Colney on Wednesday afternoon. Europe’s premier trophy still transfixes the man who has qualified for the competition on 21 separate occasions. Wenger being Wenger, he also cannot help but suggest that things could be done better. The details, it seems, will have to wait for another time. Until then, Arsenal have other things to think about.

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Arsène Wenger stresses positives for Jack Wilshere and the Europa League | Paul MacInnes

The Arsenal manager weighs up the ‘hungry and determined’ midfielder as part of a rotation policy for group game against Cologne

Arsène Wenger did not hide from the Champions League on Tuesday night. “Yes I watched‚” he admitted. “I watched a few games and the main game, of course, was Chelsea. After a while I went to Barcelona against Juventus. It raises many questions about the Champions League, the way it is organised now. We will certainly have to think about it.” What issues? Think about what? “We will speak about it another time.”

Such was the way the Arsenal manager teased as he vacated London Colney on Wednesday afternoon. Europe’s premier trophy still transfixes the man who has qualified for the competition on 21 separate occasions. Wenger being Wenger, he also cannot help but suggest that things could be done better. The details, it seems, will have to wait for another time. Until then, Arsenal have other things to think about.

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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Who could begrudge Lukas Podolski his Roy of the Rovers ending? | Jason Humphreys

Lukas Podolski’s professionalism, jovial charm and steely determination helped him to win 130 caps and score 49 goals for Germany. He earned every last one

By Jason Humphreys for Englische Woche, part of the Guardian Sport Network

An hour after playing his 130th and last game for Germany, and after scoring the winner with a trademark left-booted hammer, Lukas Podolski made an impromptu appearance on a sports chat show, still wearing his full kit complete with captain’s armband and boots. Still buzzing from the night’s events, he stood there with muddied knees and a wide smile spread across his face as the bemused technician fitted a microphone under his sweaty, grass-stained shirt.

That he had taken the time to gatecrash the show, long after his media duties were over, goes some way to explaining the extent of the heartfelt send-off he had received on the pitch earlier in the evening.

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Bundesliga roundup: Bayern Munich go top after RB Leipzig finally lose

• Arjen Robben kickstarts Bayern Munich’s 5-0 crushing of Wolfsburg
• Ingolstadt see off previously unbeaten RB Leipzig 1-0 thanks to Roger

Bayern Munich reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga after crushing Wolfsburg 5-0 while RB Leipzig slumped to their first loss of the season – a 1-0 defeat at Ingolstadt.

Arjen Robben put Bayern ahead with a fine move down the right and a superbly curled left-footed shot in the 22nd minute before Robert Lewandowski tapped in for a two-goal lead four minutes later.

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Teams of the week from around Europe – and the unlikely ascent of a goalscorer

The best performers in Europe’s top leagues, plus the story of Anthony Modeste, who couldn’t score at Blackburn but now can’t miss for Köln in the Bundesliga

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Anthony Modeste’s is a name fans of Premier League clubs could be forgiving for forgetting – if they had even taken note of it in the first place. He spent the second half of the 2011-12 season on loan at a Blackburn Rovers team that would go on to be relegated that season, and it’s fair to say he failed to have an impact.

In nine league appearances, the French forward was in the starting line-up just three times and failed to score a single goal. Those starts included a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle, a 7-1 hammering at Arsenal and the 1-0 loss at home to Wigan that sealed Rovers’ fate on the penultimate weekend of the season. The one moment, if any, that you might remember him for was when he was shown a red card for kicking out at West Brom defender Billy Jones. His rating of 5.93 was the worst of any player to start more than one game that season.

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Anthony Modeste making the most of Cologne’s Bundesliga ascent | Raphael Honigstein

Slowly but surely, Germany’s friendliest town is getting back on to the map again, helped by a super-hot striker and a hard-working, tactically astute team

Only the most prominent 1. FC Köln supporter refused to join in the fun on the stroke of five o’clock on Saturday. Eyewitnesses at the RheinEnergieStadion reliably claimed that Hennes VII, the four-legged football deity, bleated out a displeased “Määähhh!” as news of a goal from another stadium was read out over the public address system.

Bayern Munich had just conceded an equaliser to make it 2-2 away at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt. Under normal circumstances, that turn of events would have done little to get fans in Cologne excited. But circumstances refuse to be normal this season. The champions’ misstep at the Commerzbank-Arena allowed Köln – yes: KÖLN – to close the gap at the top of the table to two points and allowed the faithful to connect with their inner John Lennon. Imagine. Imagine there is a heaven. “Deutscher Meister FC,” sang 50,000.

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Köln’s Anthony Modeste grabs point to end Bayern Munich’s 100% start

Bayern Munich’s perfect Bundesliga start came to a screeching halt when they drew 1-1 with visiting Köln on Saturday after winning their first five matches of the season.

The Bavarians, who lost to Atlético Madrid in the Champions League in midweek, hit the woodwork three times and controlled the game but failed to make their dominance count, with Köln protecting their undefeated run this season.

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Wolfsburg hope to rouse themselves for Real Madrid after season of freefall | Raphael Honigstein

Wolfsburg have struggled horribly since selling Kevin de Bruyne and though the corporate-backed club’s plight has received scant sympathy their slump has still been alarming

Now that the Bundesliga can officially boast THE TIGHTEST TITLE-RACE IN EUROPE’S BIG FIVE LEAGUES™, scores of football fans worldwide will no longer be deprived of the joys of German club football by insisting on a real competition between first and second in the table. No boring procession by Juventus, PSG, Barcelona and Leicester City to the championship here: this season, unlike others, is guaranteed to go on all the way into May!

So welcome, dear millions. It’s good to have you, finally. But please be advised: all is not as initially advertised. The team who were widely tipped to make life difficult for Bayern Munich and exciting for everyone else as the new, coming force in the German top flight, for example, have not lived up to their billing. Far from pushing on after winning the German Cup and destroying Pep Guardiola’s side 4-1 in January last year, VfL Wolfsburg have gone six steps backwards. A 3-0 away defeat by Bayer Leverkusen on Friday night – so poor that Süddeutsche Zeitung felt “it could amount to a new Volkswagen scandal” – left Dieter Hecking’s men in eighth spot in the table and “in the basement, mood-wise” (NDR), just in time for the biggest game in the club’s history, against Real Madrid in the Champions League. “With that sort of performance, it won’t be very titillating on Wednesday night,” predicted Hecking grimly. Unless Cristiano Ronaldo piques interest on the post-game changing room photo, possibly.

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Cologne sporting director apologises after throwing chewing gum at Hoffenheim manager

• Jörg Schmadtke had thrown gum at Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann
• Incident occurred after controversial equaliser by Hoffenheim’s Kevin Volland

The Cologne sporting director Jörg Schmadtke has apologised for throwing a chewing gum at the Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann at the end of the Bundesliga game on Sunday.

Related: Napoli crash and Gonzalo Higuaín sees red at Udinese to hurt title hopes

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Robert Lewandowski takes Bayern Munich eight clear with win over Köln

The Bundesliga top-scorer Robert Lewandowski’s 25th goal of the season was enough for Bayern Munich to comfortably beat Köln 1-0 and provisionally stretch their lead to eight points on Saturday.

“When you only win 1-0 it’s dangerous to the end. It’s a pity because we had chances, but we have the three points,” Lewandowski said.

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The best goals of the week: Neymar, Robert Lewandowski and David Villa

Featuring a headers-and-volleys dream goal from Atalanta, a goalkeeper scoring from his own six-yard box, a splendid chip from Sweden, a glorious long-ranger from China and a selection of free-kicks from Germany, Spain and France Continue reading…