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Arsenal face Cologne on Thursday night in their first match in the Europa League - 17 years on from their last fixture in the continent's second tier competition - but how much do you know about that game?

The Gunners face their Group H rivals from the Bundesliga known as the Billy Goats at the Emirates - but their previous match in the tournament was the UEFA Cup Final way back in May 2000 against Turkish side Galatasary.

Britney Spears was No 1 in the charts with 'Oops!...I did it again' and Tony Blair was the PM at 10 Downing Street as more than 20,000 Arsenal fans set off to Copenhagen to watch their heroes take on the team from Istanbul led by the wily Fatih Terem. 

Ray Parlour charges past Galatasary's Ergun Penbe during the 2000 UEFA Cup Final 

Ray Parlour charges past Galatasary's Ergun Penbe during the 2000 UEFA Cup Final 

Arsenal's French midfielder Emmanuel Petit goes to ground as comrade Patrick Vieria looks on 

Arsenal's French midfielder Emmanuel Petit goes to ground as comrade Patrick Vieria looks on 

Viera takes on Carlos Capone during the game at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium in May 2000

Viera takes on Carlos Capone during the game at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium in May 2000

The game was played at the Parken Stadium in the Scandinavian city. It was a ground that held happy memories for Gunners fans after their against-the-odds victory against a star-studded Parma side in the 1994 European Cup Winners Cup final.

Their 1-0 triumph, through an Alan Smith goal against the Serie A team at the peak of their powers that included Faustino Asprilla, Thomas Brolin and Gianfranco Zola, was dubbed The Miracle of Copenhagen. Six years on from that match many fans set off in expectation of another happy outcome. 

However, there had been violence before Galatasary's semi-final against Leeds United, where tragically, two fans from England lost their lives in the Turkish capital.

Thierry Henry was to miss a number of chances as Arsenal failed to show their normal form

Thierry Henry was to miss a number of chances as Arsenal failed to show their normal form

The Brazilian left-back Sylvinho played in the famed Gunners back line at the Parken Stadium 

The Brazilian left-back Sylvinho played in the famed Gunners back line at the Parken Stadium 

The fatal incident meant there was a feeling of apprehension surrounding the build-up to the match.

And the night before kick-off, there were clashes between the two sets of fans that ended with an Arsenal fan being stabbed.

On the day of the game there were serious outbreaks of violence that led to many injuries on both sides around the centre of the Danish capital - and it was to that regrettable backdrop that the game took place on Wednesday, May 17. 

Arsenal legends Tony Adams and Lee Dixon can only look on during the penalty shootout 

Arsenal legends Tony Adams and Lee Dixon can only look on during the penalty shootout 

Arsenal fielded a powerful side containing most of the legendary back five including David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Martin Keown with Tony Adams as captain. 

In midfield was the hugely effective combination of Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieria, Ray Parlour and the flying Dutchman Marc Overmars, with the stellar pair of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp up front.

Galatasaray included the experienced Brazilian goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel, who played in the 1998 World Cup final. Also in the line-up was Hakan Sukur, who was to later join Inter Milan and Blackburn Rovers. 

Loyal and passionate Arsenal fans pictured in Copenhagen before UEFA Cup final in May 2000

Loyal and passionate Arsenal fans pictured in

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