Turnstile chaos Away supporters with home tickets
It was obvious from the sheer number of Cologne fans at Highbury and Islington Tube station that there was going to be trouble.
The majority seemed to have tickets. I saw one, wearing a leather jacket emblazoned with “Cologne f------ rocks” on the back, queueing up for Club Level – the highly expensive, largely corporate seats – before scanning his ticket and entering.
Plenty were wearing Arsenal merchandise, presumably in a bid to fool the stewards, although the fact they were singing in German might have given the game away. The atmosphere was fairly calm, possibly because no one could hear the messages from inside that kick-off had been delayed.
I saw no signs of violence. It was loud and raucous, but nothing more. That seemed partly because the Cologne fans queueing for entry clearly had legitimate tickets. They had no reason to cause trouble as they could not be denied entry to the ground, although others saw some German supporters attempting to storm the gates earlier.
Cologne fans took over large sections of the Clock End, while many Arsenal supporters had seemingly gone home.