Arsenal won their first fixture in a European competition for the first time in four years after coming from behind to beat German side, Cologne 3-1 at the Emirate Stadium.
The visitors got in front when shoddy goalkeeping from David Ospina came off his line to sweep up a long ball over the top which didn’t find touch, passing it to striker Jhon Cordoba, who swivelled and then lobs a back-pedalling Ospina from 40-odd yards.
The home side struggled with then three man defence that and Alexis Sanchez a dn Per Mertesacker couldn’t lift the team in the first half as their match rustiness were obvious.
Coach of the side, Arsene Wenger quickly made a half time change, bringing in Sead Kolasinac to return to a four man defence.
This later paid of in the 49th minutes when he lashed onto Theo Walcott’s flick which deflected a Cologene defender, before Kolasinac ran onto it to leather a volley into the far corner.to restore parity for the Gunners.
Sanchez came back to life via poor through ball which forced him very wide to the left, before cutting into the area, to somehow hooked his foot around the ball to curl in deliciously into the far corner to give Arsenal the lead.
Kolasinac was in the thick of the action again as the Bosnian did well again to drive down the left and put in a low cross to Jack Wilshere who sold s a lovely dummy on the edge of the area taking out two defenders out of the game for the ball to end up at the feet of Theo Walcott whose shot was saved by Timo Horn before Bellerin reacted well to sweep it home to pyt the result beyond doubt for Wenger’s men.