Arsenal 3 Cologne 1: Sanchez opens season account after kick-off delay

Alexis Sanchez put his off-field problems aside to help Arsenal kick off their Europa League Group H campaign with a 3-1 over Cologne following a one-hour delay due to crowd congestion.

Sanchez has cut a frustrated figure this season having seen a move to Manchester City fall through, but his moment of quality proved decisive on a bizarre Thursday night at the Emirates Stadium.

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