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Arsenal v Cologne: Live stream Europa League football online or watch on TV with BT Sport

Everything you need to know about how to watch Arsenal's first group game in the Europa League against Cologne exclusively live on BT Sport.

FOOTBALL 14/09/17 19:52
Alexandre Lacazette

*Arsenal v Cologne Kick-off delayed until 9.05pm

Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign at home to Cologne and BT Sport is the only place to follow the Gunners in Europe this season.

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The match is live on BT Sport 2 and in 4K UHD from 8pm Thursday night and is also available to live stream on the BT Sport app and on BTSport.com.

Subscribers can click on the banner below to watch the stream on BTSport.com or visit the BT Sport app  to watch the 8.05pm kick off with the enhanced video player option.

Watch Arsenal v Cologne exclusively live on BT Sport

BT Sport will also be broadcasting Everton's trip to Atalanta on Thursday with coverage starting at 5.30pm on BT Sport 2, directly ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium.

If you’re not yet a subscriber to BT Sport – the only place showing Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup football all season long – find out how we can get you live in just 15 minutes right here!

Will Arsene Wenger take it seriously?

Arsenal boss Wenger has already said the Premier League is the priority for the Gunners this season.

The Frenchman is also not a fan of the Europa League winners earning a slot in the following year’s Champions League – as Manchester United did last season – and would rather get there by breaking back into the top four.

Wenger has always played a changed team during Arsenal’s League Cup ties and it is likely to be a similar story when Bundesliga side Cologne visit London.

So, who will be in the team?

Seven of Arsenal’s first-choice players will be rested completely from the game with Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil all sitting this one out.

That does not necessarily mean it will be a team of inexperienced youngsters as Jack Wilshere could make a long-awaited comeback while Alexis Sanchez may feature as he strives for match sharpness.

Back-up David Ospina is likely to come in, while the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Per Mertesacker, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are also in contention.

Should they beat Cologne no matter who plays?

Peter Stoger’s side finished a strong fifth in the Bundesliga last season, albeit 13 points behind fourth-placed Hoffenheim.

This campaign has started badly for the Billy Goats, who have lost their opening three league games to sit bottom of the table – they are the only top-flight German side without a point so far.

Like Arsenal, who lost the 2000 UEFA Cup final to Galatasaray, they have history in this competition and finished as runners-up in 1986, losing the final 5-3 to Real Madrid over two legs.

Do Cologne have any recognisable talent?

No star names jump out of the Cologne squad, but they have some good players nonetheless. Their talisman from last season, Anthony Modeste, is currently out on loan in the Chinese Super League having hit 25 goals for Stoger’s men last season.

Forward Yuya Osako is a Japan international, while experienced skipper Matthias Lehmann has been around the block.

New signing Jhon Cordoba has been likened to Didier Drogba in the past while a host of former Germany international youth talents make up much of the squad.

Key statistics

  • This is the seventh consecutive season Arsenal have faced German opposition in Europe – they’ve faced Bayern Munich in four of those (2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17), Borussia Dortmund in three (2011/12, 2013/14 and 2014/15) and Schalke once (2012/13).
  • Arsenal and 1. FC Koln faced each other in the 1970/71 Fairs Cup, with the Gunners losing on aggregate on away goals. Arsenal won the home leg 2-1 at Highbury with goals from Frank McLintock and Peter Storey.
  • This is Arsenal’s first European match not played in the Champions League since the 2000 UEFA Cup final, which they lost 4-1 on penalties to Galatasaray after a 0-0 draw.
  • 1. FC Koln’s last European match against English opposition came in September 1995 – they routed Spurs 8-0 in an Intertoto Cup match.
  • In European competition proper, 1. FC Koln’s last win over English opponents was in December 1976, beating a QPR side featuring Frank McLintock in the UEFA Cup.
  • The Gunners haven’t lost a home game on a Thursday since Boxing Day 1974, losing 2-1 to Chelsea at Highbury - they’ve won eight and drawn three since.

  • Including qualifiers, 1. FC Koln will be the 64th different team Arsene Wenger has faced in European competition as Arsenal manager – he has registered at least one win over 56 of the previous 63 (89%).
  • Alexandre Lacazette has been involved in 10 goals in his last 10 starts in the Europa League (eight goals, two assists).
  • Of players to have featured in the Europa League for at least 600 minutes since 2009/10, Mesut Ozil has the best minutes per assist ratio, averaging an assist every 110 minutes. Ozil featured in the 2009/10 Europa League, assisting six goals in eight matches for Werder Bremen.
  • In three of Arsenal’s last four European competition campaigns outside of the Champions League, the Gunners have reached the final – 1994 and 1995 Cup Winners’ Cups and 2000 UEFA Cup final.

Can’t watch the match live?

No problem. We’ll be making highlights FREE on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app, while the enhanced video player allows subscribers to watch the full 90 minutes again on either platform.

There will also be several opportunities to watch highlights or a full rerun of the game on our linear coverage – just check our TV Guide for more information.

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