Proper Support Or Last Days Of Sodom And Gomorrah? Cologne Fans Give Arsenal The Mother Of All Culture Shocks As Europa League Kicks Off With A Bang (Photos & Video)

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Given some of the fevered outcry, you'd be forgiven that the Emirates was raised to ash on Thursday night, as hordes of swivel-eyed Cologne fans stormed the gates, breached the perimeter walls and ransacked absolutely everything Arsenal Football Club hold dear.

Despite an official ticket allocation of just 3,000, a reported 20,000 Cologne fans made the trip to London for the Europa League clash, such was the prestige of the occasion, especially for fans of a club more attuned to the sapping disenchantment of perpetual Bundesliga relegation.

Europa League: Cologne Striker Jhon Cordoba Lamps One In From 45 Yards To Open Scoring Against Arsenal (Video)

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With kick-off delayed for over an hour due to crowd congestion problems (who'd have guessed?), Arsenal took roughly nine minutes to fall behind against Cologne in their opening Europa League fixture.

The goal itself was a stonker, scored by under-fire striker Jhon Cordoba, who has so far failed to impress the Cologne fans since coming in as a direct replacement for goal machine Anthony Modeste, who left for the Chinese Super League over the summer.

Highway To UEL: Arsenal Narrowly Miss Out On Champions League Qualification Despite Ending Season With Victory

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Does that pun even work? Perhaps if you say it fast enough? Oh well, what's done is done.

Arsenal may well have signed off for the season with a 10-man victory over Everton, but alas it didn't prevent Arsene Wenger's side fromfalling narrowly short of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Arsenal: Examining The Utter Madness Of The Militant ‘Wenger Out’ Campaign Phenomenon

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With protest placards popping up in environs as unlikely as New Zealand, Minnesota and Wrestlemania in recent weeks, it would appear that the 'Arsene Wenger Out' campaign is now a truly global undertaking.

While it's unclear how much of the international dissentis simply meme-based mirth, the polemic being fanned in and around the Emirates has now actually devolved into outbreaks of physical violencebetween warring clans on either side of the crevasse.

‘We Always Do It’ – Lincoln City Cleaned Dressing Room From Top To Bottom After Arsenal FA Cup Defeat

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"Right, I'll do the high dusting Waterfall, you fetch the mop...."

Lincoln City earned themselves a lot of admirers for the way in which they held their own against Arsenal in the FA Cup, especially in the early knockings of the quarter-final match.

Sadly, the Imps' tremendouscup run came to an end with a 5-0 defeat at the Emirates, but the National League side still found time to clean up after themselves after the final whistle.

Arsenal Fan TV: Regular Contributor Troopz Left Utterly Broken And Unable To Go On After Bayern Munich Defeat (Video)

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As was foretold in the prophecy,Arsenal somehow managed to go double and quits against Bayern Munich last night, slumping to a 10-2 aggregate defeat.

In the bloody aftermath of the Emirates hecatomb, football fans of all allegiancesshared their thoughts and feelings, each processing the bewildering result as best they could.

Champions League Snapshot: Miffed Arsenal Fans Stage Anti-Wenger Protest Outside Stadium (Photos)

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Miffed Arsenal fans continued to voice their discontent by staging a limited protest outside the Emirates ahead of tonight's Champions League last-16 second legger against Bayern Munich.

Banners were on show with slogans such as "No new contract," "Au revoir Arsene" and other such malcontented tosh.

Football Songs: Arsenal Fan ‘Uncle Ed’ Rallies Against Arsene Wenger In Grime Form (Video)

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With the anti-Arsene Wenger sentiment coming to the boil again at Arsenal, one erudite fan has produced a grime track that encapsulates the grating frustration of having to watch the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil play football every week.

That man is Uncle Ed, who released'Wenger Out' in the aftermath of the home defeat against Watford last week.

Arsenal vs WBA: Player Ratings

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This is what I think.

Cech: if you keep a clean sheet you must have done something right. Commanding, confident and his usual array of hoofing the ball upfield. 7

Bellerin: the curious thing about Hector is none of us know how good he is going to end up being; his upward curve of improvement continues at the same angle as China's global trade output.

Giroud to Start.

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This may be the most interesting and glamorous game so far this season, with both teams guaranteed entry to the next round attacking football is assured.

PSG are a fantastic team; full of wonderful top quality players, Parisian (which is a very good thing), a huge following, a fine stadium, playing attacking, intricate, intelligent football.

Arsenal: Puma Furnish Santi Cazorla With Special ‘Derby Fever’ Boots For North London Ding-Dong (Photos)

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With the big game crowning on the horizon, Puma have furnished Santi Cazorla with his very own personal pair of 'Derby Fever' custom boots to wear in the upcoming North London blow-out between Arsenal and Tottenham.

As per Puma's blurb, the themed boots are part of a range that "celebrate the epic meetings between local football foes".

‘It’s Not As Easy As It Looks’ – Arsene Wenger Reveals What He Plans To Tell God On Judgement Day

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With Arsene Wenger turning 67 on the day of Arsenal's game against Middlesbrough, the wizenedold sagehas been meditating on the nature of age, mortality and the indefatigable march of time.

Speaking to the press ahead of the match, Wenger was asked how he felt about being the Premier League's oldest manager.

Can Arsene Wenger PROVE his latest wild claims?

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OK Arsene, "The banks insisted that you stay for 5 years to secure funding for the Stadium?" by KD So prove it. OK, on the BBC website, Wenger has come out with what has surely got to be one of the most ludicrous statements the man has ever made: "When we built the stadium the [...]

Wenger pleads loyalty but Arsenal can’t live in the past

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A lot of Arsenal fans have started to look at the huge salary that Arsenal play to Arsene Wenger every year as one of the biggest, if not the main, reason for the Frenchman's stubborn refusal to accept that things are not working and that we need a change at the top. I am certainly [...]

A lifelong Arsenal season-ticket holder’s journey to disillusionment

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My Arsenal life The Good, the Bad and the Vainglorious by Geoff Wood The following is a potted history of my Arsenal supporting journey to date, and an honest summary of our current manager and what we are spoon fed. I first began supporting Arsenal when I was 6, why? Simply because I liked [...]

Have Arsenal fans started protest – or just don’t care any more?

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Have Arsenal fans given up? by DN Arsenal's hopes of even making the Top Three are now going down the plug-hole at an alarming rate. Two local derby draws have destroyed our chances of catching Leicester (or Tottenham by the looks of things) and we now have to fight Man City for the automatic Champions [.

Is Wenger right to call out moaning Arsenal fans?

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It sounds to me as if Arsene Wenger is not just complaining about the way that Arsenal fans have been behaving of late, he is actually suggesting that the home crowd at the Emirates and the negative atmosphere they produced was a big factor in the Gunners being knocked out of the FA cup by [...]

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Will Arsenal home form kill Premier League title challenge?

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Arsenal need to get a lot of things right if we are to have any hope of lifting the Premier League trophy in May, as well as needing the teams facing the two clubs above us in the table doing us a favour by taking points off Leicester and Tottenham. One former Gunner who knows [...]

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Expect lots of goals when Arsenal face Burnley

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We all know the Gunners are on a bad run of form in the Premier League, having gone three games without a win, but do not be fooled by this run as they have actually played very well against traditionally difficult opponents, and they will now be all set to get back to winning ways [...]

Yes Wenger can be annoying but he has done great things for Arsenal

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Let's Stop Kicking Arsene Wenger by CS I'm not an AKB or AOB Cheerleader, and I believe all genuine Arsenal fans want the best for the Club. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and everyone's right to hold an opinion should be respected by everyone else, even if you disagree with it. Let's stop attacking [.

On This Day In 2007: Nicklas Bendtner Sets New Premier League Record By Scoring Against Tottenham With His First Touch

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With 16 minutes to go in yet another fiercely-contested North London Derby at the Emirates, Arsene Wenger sent on striker Nicklas Bendtner for midfielder Emmanuel Eboue. Just 1.8 seconds after taking his place on the pitch, the lumbering Danescored to seal the win for the home side.

All the goals had come in the second half.

Arsenal to increase security at the Emirates

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I imagine that the people of Europe are going to have to get used to the fact of increased security at airports, stations and any big public events, and going to an Arsenal match is going to be no exception. The club have liased with the police and are stepping up the security prescence in [...]

Should Arsenal fans join Bayern ticket price protest?

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Arsenal fans and Supporters Groups are always complaining about paying the highest prices in Europe to go and watch our team, but it very rare to actually see many organised protests against the club's policies. Now it seems that the Bayern Munich supporters, who have had to pay £64, which will rise to €100 Euros [.

Arsenal should treat EVERY game like we are playing Man United!

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We need to change our behaviour. The Arsenal fans, players, and the manager. By Galen I know everyone is still super excited about yesterday's demolition of Manchester United. I also understand that Arsenal fans will be disappointed with me writing such an article after a very impressive performance.

United’s Dismal Defeat at the Emirates

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Arsenal 3 Manchester United 0 The Philosopher took on the Professor at the Emirates Stadium as Louis van Gaal and his side looked to get back to the top of the league in the capital while hoping to...

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Arsenal v Man United – Wenger banking on home win

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Although the destination of the Premier League title will not be decided this afternoon, Arsene Wenger is in no doubt that the Gunners must beat Man United at home, and turn the Emirates into a fortress, if they are going to be serious challengers this season. Wenger told the Official Arsenal website: "These are always [.

Giroud and Gabriel to start against Stoke

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By 1970's Gooner Stoke are Arsenal's next opponents at the Emirates. They got a thorough thrashing last season and in fact they have not beaten us in London for a very very long time. On the other hand Arsenal have not scored in their two games at the Emirates this season. Well in fact we did score and would have won comfortably against Liverpool had it not been wrongly ruled for offside.

Should Arsenal fans appreciate Wenger more? His legacy….

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Is Arsene Wenger the most underappreciated manager in the world?‏ by JH May 15th, 2004. After a surprisingly edgy afternoon, Arsene Wenger had in his hands a the Premier League title, It was the single greatest and dominant season in English Football history, Arsenal had won 26, drawn 12, lost precisely Zero.

Kevin de Bruyne is a transfer target for Manchester City, says report

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Reported Manchester City target Kevin de Bruyne turned out for current club Wolfsburg when they faced Arsenal in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.

The 24-year-old is believed to be a major transfer target for Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium and here, Press Association Sport's Mark Bryans takes a look at his performance in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Kevin de Bruyne is a transfer target for Manchester City, says report

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Reported Manchester City target Kevin de Bruyne turned out for current club Wolfsburg when they faced Arsenal in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.

The 24-year-old is believed to be a major transfer target for Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium and here, Press Association Sport's Mark Bryans takes a look at his performance in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

FA set to rename FA Cup as “The Arsenal Cup”!!

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Arsenal are the current holders of the FA Cup after beating Wigan last year, and are hot favourites to retain the trophy when they face Aston Villa next month at Wembley. If they do emerge victorious then we will have the record amount of successes in the competition with and to commemorate that fact, the [.

Arsene Wenger has performed miracles – Support him!

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The Curious Case of Arsene Wenger by CU Hi Guys, this is the first time I'm writing an article for justarsenal.com and I have to apologize for this very long article...sorry I meant book. I have to give credit to Konstantin for his article about the club and Wenger and the board lacking ambition because [.

Hull Preview: Taming The Tigers

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Last weekend's 2-1 victory over Arsenal could be described as many things; undeserved, lucky, a robbery, a tactical masterstroke? Whichever way you'd wish to label it, it was undeniably both hilarious and brilliant at the same time. With some firmly set in panic stations wondering how a fourth placed finish could possibly be attainable after a start worse than under David Moyes left pondering as three points at the Emirates leave United in fourth place (who would have thought), two points ahead of Arsenal and Everton and five clear of both Liverpool and Tottenham.

Arsenal fans should NOT accept losing to Man United at home!

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Arsene Speechless, Clueless but his job is still safe! by KM What a disappointment. What does Wenger care about the poor old Arsenal fans saving money all year to make that one trip to the Emirates to see Arsenal lose to the WORST UNITED SIDE I've seen in my entire life. Disaster... I had [...]

“Dat Guy” has no regrets about leaving United

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Danny Welbeck has revealed leaving Manchester United for Arsenal was the right thing to do and that he has had no regrets about leaving Old Trafford since he completed his move to the Emirates.

On Saturday, the 23-year-old will face United for the first time since his move to Arsenal, as his Louis Van Gaal's mentravel to the Emirates for their first game after the international break, hoping to clinch their first away win of the season.

Arsenal MUST NOT underestimate Hull City

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What kind of a game could Arsenal have in store against Hull City? by SE Arsenal face one hull of a fight on their hands when Steve Bruce's men visit the Emirates this Saturday afternoon, as both sides look to gather momentum heading into a crucial phase of their respective seasons. Arsenal, having won just [.

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Brickstand: 18 Fabulous Football Stadiums Recreated Entirely In Lego (Photos)

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A couple of years ago, a couple of intrepid chaps decided to make it their mission to recreate all 92 English and Scottish league football grounds using nothing but Lego.

As such, Brickstand was born.

Skip forward to present day and the fellows have now knocked out a cavalcadeof different stadiums old and new, and all of them are utterly fabulous!

Derby County v Man United: FA Cup Preview.

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Will the FA Cup provide a welcome relief for Louis van Gaal or will it add to his woes? Both Man United and Derby County will set their sights on the diversion of the FA Cup 4th round from their...

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There’s more in this side, somewhere

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Arsenal 2-0 Everton

There should, ordinarily, be no reason at all why a 2-0 victory should not elicit a sense of complete wellbeing. So why did I leave the ground feeling a bit flat? I wasn't the only one.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly, but the hangover element was certainly one aspect.

Emirates fly from FIFA FBI key to Blazer betrayal

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Emirates Airlines has withdrawn from sponsoring the World Cup.

The Dubai-based company was one of FIFA's six 'Tier One' major World Cup sponsors along with Coca-Cola, Visa, Hyundai/Kia, Sony and Adidas.

Their press release gave little away: "This decision was made," it explained, "following an evaluation of FIFA's contract proposal which did not meet Emirates' expectations.