Espionage: FC Cologne Hatch Devious Plot To Crib Arsenal’s Starting XI Ahead Of Europa League Opener (Photos)

Chris Wright

12th, September 2017

With a big Europa League opener against Arsenal in the offing this week, Cologne (or FC Köln if you’d prefer) have hatched an ingenious ruse to forge themselves a head-start against their Premier League opponents.

Like the Trojan Horse of legend, the devious ploy to crib Arsene Wenger’s starting XI came cleverly disguised as a pre-match present, with Köln extending the hand of friendship via the two clubs’ official Twitter accounts.

Indeed, ahead of their trip to the Emirates, the German side pieced together a special gift box for the Gunners, including various items of club merchandise: a scarf, a keyring, a plush approximation of Hennes the goat, a bottle of beer and a magazine…

Wait a second, what was that last item? The last thing you put in the box?

Nice try chaps, if a little on-the-nose.

Hardly the most delicate piece of attempted sporting espionage we’ve ever seen.

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