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Koln vs Arsenal - 5 talking points

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1. FC Koeln v Arsenal FC - UEFA Europa League
A memorable night for Koln fans

Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat against FC Koln - their first loss in Europe this season - in their Europa League Group H match at the RheinEnergieStadion. Arsene Wenger's side ensured qualification to the knockouts as group leaders despite their defeat, courtesy of the goalless draw between BATE Borisov and Red Star Belgrade.

The German side, on the other hand, have renewed their hopes of progressing to the next round courtesy of their hard-fought win, which came through Sehrou Guirassy's penalty - after Mathieu Debuchy was harshly adjudged to have fouled the striker inside the box.

Here are the biggest talking points from the Europa League clash:

#5 Arsenal's German nightmare continues

1. FC Koeln v Arsenal FC - UEFA Europa League
Wenger's German hoodoo continues

Arsenal's recent woes in Europe is well documented, however, they especially seem to struggle against the German sides. While Bayern Munich have been the North London outfit's tormentor-in-chief, others including Borussia Dortmund and FC Koln have also enjoyed playing against the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger's side suffered a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich earlier this year in the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League, which was the second time that the Gunners tasted defeat by the same scoreline at the Allianz Arena - the other recent instance dating back to November 2015, when the German giants handed out a hiding to the Emirates outfit in the group stage.

Back in 2014, Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund also recorded a 2-0 win over the Gunners at Signal Iduna Park.

Maybe Wenger should look to sign some German players to help end this nightmare.

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