Arsenal 3-1 FC Koln: Gunners off to winning start in Europa League [Best Tweets]

Arsenal got off to a winning start in their maiden Europa League group stage campaign as they came from behind to beat FC Koln 3-1 at Emirates on Thursday.

The early stages of the night was highly frustrating for the home fans, as after a delayed start due to crowd trouble outside the stadium, Koln went on to grab the lead inside the first ten minutes as Jhon Cordoba struck a fantastic long-range goal from 40 yards out.

The frustration kept on mounting as Arsenal were unable to find the equaliser by half time. The hosts, though, turned things around quickly in the second half. Substitute Sead Kolasinac levelled things up with a smart close-range finish, before Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead from a stunning 25-yard strike.

The win was then rounded off when Hector Bellerin scored from close range. But, Sanchez was the toast of fans as he opened his account for the season in style to set the hosts up for a resounding win.

Sead Kolasinac, too, was praised for his contributions after coming on at half-time, with fans delighted by his addition to the squad.

But, Theo Walcott was not spared by fans after an underwhelming performance on the night.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere was welcomed back with open arms after he made his first appearance for Arsenal in well over a year.

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