After Arsenal went down 1-0 in the first half of their first Europa League match in almost two decades, Gooners thought that their club’s great performance in last weekend’s match against Bournemouth would not translate into this European contest.
Fortunately, the fans overreacted.
Sead Kolasinac struck a beautiful volley to open up the scoring for the hosts, and that was followed by a classic solo goal from Alexis Sanchez. Hector Bellerin added a late third goal to secure the three points for the Gunners.
Although there were a lot of negatives to take away from Thursday’s match, a win is a win.
Arsene Wenger and company should be happy to start off their Europa League excursion with a win, and the team will hopefully improve as the season goes on.
Wenger played a few players out of position and some players didn’t play well in their normal positions, but Jack Wilshere made his first appearance after his loan to Bournemouth expired and he recovered from his injury.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles got a start and had some bright moments, and Reiss Nelson made his competitive debut with seven minutes left in the match and did well considering the amount of time he was given to make his mark.
Anyway, here are the three stars of Arsenal’s win over Koln.