Five fans were held by police following the crowd trouble at the Emirates Stadium last night.

Arsenal’s game against Bundesliga side Cologne was marred by crowd trouble that pushed kick-off back an hour.

Excited by the prospect of seeing their team play in Europe for the first time in 25 years, an alleged 20,000 Cologne fans arrived in London. Their allocation for the match was just under 3,000.

Unsurprisingly, this caused a number of problems before the originally scheduled kick-off time of 20:05. There was a lot of congestion around the ground and on the Ken Friar bridge, while away fans that had purchased home tickets weren’t allowed in due to segregation problems.

According to the Evening Standard, five fans were held by police due to the incidents.

They have footage of fans trying to force their way into the ground and being held back by fellow supporters.

There was then trouble inside the ground as the away fans were confronted by stewards as they made their way to the away section of the ground.

In the end, the Cologne fans occupied the family enclosure of the ground and sat amongst the Arsenal fans in the home sections.

Both Arsenal and Cologne are expected to be fined by UEFA after an investigation has been conducted.

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