Wenger at West Brom

Cologne fans continue their rivalry with Arsenal in unexpected fashion

Cologne fans

There was mayhem when Cologne visited Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday after the German side’s fanbase acquired tickets for the home end as well as their allocated away end.

Cologne fans bought tickets online from holders of season tickets at the Emirates. It led to a mighty disruption in the build-up to the match, which Arsenal won 3-1.

But their dalliance with Arsenal in London didn’t end after the final whistle was blown in that game.

Do it for the meme

Cologne fans made an unexpected appearance at Arsenal’s U-23 game at home to Leicester. While there, they chanted ‘Come on, Leicester’. Unfortunately for them, their support couldn’t help the Foxes, who lost 1-0.

At this stage, it seems like Cologne fans are trying to start a rivalry with Arsenal for the heck of it and it’s good entertainment. With Chelsea taking on the Gunners on Saturday, we can expect another cameo from the Germans.

Bad run at Chelsea

Arsene Wenger will be racking his brain trying to think of a way to end Arsenal’s poor record at Chelsea. They’ve lost their last five Premier League fixtures at Stamford Bridge and currently trail the Blues by three points.

He’ll take comfort from the fact that Arsenal won the last two meetings between the sides. Their FA Cup final victory in May was followed by their triumph in the Community Shield a few months later.

Former Gunner Paul Merson doesn’t have much faith in his old side getting anything on Sunday.

The Sky Sports pundit was asked to choose a combined eleven from the two sides and didn’t pull any punches. Just one Arsenal player was deemed good enough to get into what was essentially the Chelsea first team.