Wenger: Sanchez still trying to recapture form

Arsenal star hits out at rival clubs who spend ‘£200m on transfers

On Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 22:05, in London, the match scheduled for the first round of the group stage of the European League tournament, in which Arsenal in the home arena, "Emirates" will play against the German Cologne.

Kick-off was delayed for an hour, but when the match eventually started at 9.05pm it became clear hordes of away fans were sitting with the Arsenal supporters, causing fights to break out.

It was Sanchez's first goal of the season after a drawn-out transfer saga this summer raised questions about his commitment to the club.

Conte's first game against Arsenal in the league a year ago ended in a humbling 3-0 loss, a scoreline that birthed the now very reliable 3-4-3 formation which prompted a 13-game winning run.

Cologne coach Peter Stoeger, asked on the eve of the Group H opener if he had a message for the thousands of travelling fans, replied: "Enjoy the pubs!"

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However, in the latter half, Arsenal bounced back in the game when in 49th-minute, substitute Sead Kolasinac equalised with a thumping volley before Sanchez struck, and Hector Bellerin then added the third from close range in 67 and 82 minute respectively.

Arsenal fell behind early on to a long-range strike from Jhon Cordoba that punished a poor David Ospina clearance. He is a fantastic football player but physically he has just come back.

"I believe our team was better balanced, better equipped going forward".

"Was it the fact that they scored the goal and we didn't know how to deal with it?" We struggled to cope with their pressure in the second half. With the Europa League providing an alternative route into the Champions League, it will be interesting to see how well Arsenal kick off their campaign. He's an exceptional footballer.

"It's a new competition for us and we had to set the tone, " he said.

"We have to win it".

Wilshere looked sharp again, Reiss Nelson had hardly any time but still gave us a glimpse of his potential and Alexis suddenly found his form again, which is exactly the sort of thing we hoped would happen.

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