VIDEO: FC Koln fans take over London before Arsenal game

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Reports state that over 20,000 FC Koln fans have traveled to London on Thursday for their opening UEFA Europa League group stage game with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

This season marks the first time in 25 years that Koln have qualified for European action and their fans seem determined to make it a memorable occasion.

From my home in London I’ve already seen plenty of Koln fans around and videos of the supporters marching from central London to the Emirates Stadium in north London show the fans setting off flares and shutting down Oxford Circus (the equivalent of Times Square in NYC) as they march to the game over four hours before kick off.

Apparently so many fans from the German city of Cologne made the trip to London that the city ran of British pounds.

Take a look at some of the scenes below.