As the Champions League returns for another edition of top-level European football, it can’t be called anything if not familiar.
For the third time in four seasons Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have been thrown together in the same group, as have Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
It’s Arsene Wenger’s side who kick off the now traditional Premier League-Bundesliga battle in this competition though, as they travel to the Westfalenstadion in Group D.
About to embark on their 17th consecutive group stage, Arsenal have grown accustomed to starting proceedings quickly.
They are unbeaten in their last 10 mini-league openers, winning eight of them including the last two. The last time they suffered defeat at this stage of the competition was back in 2003.
Conversely, Dortmund generally have to play catch up after matchweek one. They’ve failed to win five of their last six group-stage openers.
Since scoring the winning goal against Besiktas to help Arsenal reach this point, the former Barcelona front man has notched in three consecutive appearances.
That Besiktas strike already equals the tally he accrued in continental competitions for the Spanish club in the last two seasons put together, showing that Arsenal have a man in form.
In the four previous meetings between these two, there has only been one occasion where one or both teams have failed to score, which came in the corresponding fixture last term.
Of the pair’s combined 12 competitive matches to date, only five of them would have seen a bet of this nature fail to land.
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