Cologne fans march through London ahead of Europa League tie against Arsenal
Last Updated: 14/09/17 5:19pm
Hundreds of Cologne fans marched through central London this afternoon on their way to the Emirates Stadium ahead of tonight's Europa League tie against Arsenal.
The pictures were captured by film director Ken Loach as the fans made their way through Soho on their way to north London.
A Metropolitan Police statement read: "At around 3pm on Thursday, September 14 a large group of football fans gathered in Oxford Street, W1. The group were at the location for about 30 minutes whilst they boarded public transport to travel to a football match this evening. They did throw bottles and let off flares, but there was no significant disorder, police were on scene and there have been no arrests. The group has now left the area."
It's the first time Cologne have been in a major European club competition for 25 years.
Arsenal, by contrast, are in the Europa League after they failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to rest several first team regulars with one eye on the game against Chelsea on Sunday.