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Arsenal fall to Koln in Europa League clash as Welbeck hooked at halftime

Arsenal fell 1-0 in Germany to Europa League opponents FC Koln tonight.

Danny Welbeck returned to action after his second month-long injury lay-off – but was hauled off at half-time.

Sehrou Guirassy stroked home a 61st-minute penalty after Mathieu Debuchy was adjudged to have fouled the Cologne star.

There was much excitement from Gunners fans before kick-off that their England striker was finally going to get a proper run-out in this Europa League clash with their team already guaranteed progress to the next round.

But it seems that boss Arsene Wenger decided to give both him – and Alex Iwobi who replaced him – just a half of football, with perhaps Sunday's Premier League clash at Burnley firmly on his mind.

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