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Arsenal’s Europa League game delayed by an HOUR as over 20,000 Cologne fans cause chaos in London

Around 20,000 were expected in the capital as the Gunners prepare for first campaign outside Champions League

Arsenal’s Europa League opener against Cologne has been delayed by an hour amid crowd safety fears.

The game was expected to kick-off at 20:05 but will now commence at approximately 21:00 due to the sheer number of German fans in London this evening.

An army of Cologne fans, most without tickets, marched through the capital, chanting and letting off flares.

Arsenal had allocated their opponents just under 3,000 tickets for the game at the Emirates but it’s thought over 20,000 away fans made the journey.

The below tweets suggest that some Cologne fans have bought tickets for the home end and have been attempting to get into the away end…

A parade brought Britain’s busiest shopping street to a standstill as they paraded down Oxford Street earlier in the day.

Cologne fans let off flares as they march through London ahead of Arsenal clash

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Cologne fans let off flares as they march through London ahead of Arsenal clash

Police officers had to stop all traffic going down the road as some of the German fans let off flares although thankfully no ‘significant disorder’ has been reported.

Many fans of the German club stopped to relieve themselves on a hoarding beside a London street.

Highbury Corner swarming with Cologne fans

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Highbury Corner swarming with Cologne fans

Fans of Cologne pose in police helmets outside McDonalds at Highbury Corner

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Fans of Cologne pose in police helmets outside McDonalds at Highbury Corner

A police statement read: “At around 15:00hrs on Thursday, September 14 a large group of football fans gathered in Oxford Street, W1.

“The group were at the location for about 30 minutes whilst they boarded public transport to travel to a football match this evening.

“They did throw bottles and let off flares, but there was no significant disorder, police were on scene and there have been no arrests.

“The group has now left the area.”

German fans of Cologne party in the street in London today

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German fans of Cologne party in the street in London today

A red flare is let off in the middle of a North London street by Cologne fans

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A red flare is let off in the middle of a North London street by Cologne fans

The bridge outside the Emirates has been closed to contain the Cologne fans with the kick-off delayed to ensure everyone’s safety.

Gunners supporters have not seen their side play in Europe’s secondary competition since they reached the UEFA Cup final in 2000.

Cologne supporters parade through Oxford Street before Europa League tie

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Cologne supporters parade through Oxford Street before Europa League tie

Police confirm there have been no arrests despite reports of Cologne fans brawling

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Police confirm there have been no arrests despite reports of Cologne fans brawling

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