N’Golo Kante warns Chelsea about Alexandre Lacazette
“I think maybe in England, you don’t know him very well but he has started to score.
“In France, he was a very good goalscorer who scored for many, many years and he will be a threat for Sunday’s game. We have to be ready to stop him but the most important thing is the team and we need to win.”
Cologne keeper Timo Horn reveals his admiration for Arsenal
“I’ve always thought of Arsene Wenger as a fantastic manager.
“I like the football culture in England and Arsenal just had something in my view that the other teams didn’t have. I’ve always enjoyed the style of football they try to employ even if they haven’t won that many titles.
“At the age of 15 or 16, Liverpool were very interested in me.
“But I didn’t go there because I felt the goalkeeping schooling in Germany was much better and I had enough examples, for instance Ron-Robert Zieler who came back after a year [at Leicester], and that’s why I stayed in Koln.
“It definitely wasn’t the wrong decision!”
Former Liverpool star Didi Hamann on Arsenal
“Arsenal show signs of disintegration under Wenger.
“The debate about Wenger isn’t new, but I didn’t expect them to start this early in what is still a relatively new campaign.
“This is why Cologne’s chances against Arsenal are quite good — if they don’t show too much respect for the name Arsenal and the individual players.
“Cologne is a blank sheet of paper for them. However, there are many players who are experienced on the international stage at Arsenal.
“I don’t believe they will underestimate the challenge. But when there are basic problems within a squad, when the team doesn’t pull together – then it doesn’t matter who you play, the opponent will always have a chance of progressing.
“I even think that Cologne is strong enough and will advance from this group.”
Wenger on Frank De Boer being sacked
“I’m not very happy De Boer has been sacked because I rate him highly.
“Unfortunately it comes quicker and quicker.”