Arsenal take on Celtic on Day Two of the Emirates Cup this Sunday.

The two sides have only met twice before in competitive matches. Both of those games were played last August in the Champions League Play-Off and the Gunners were victorious on each occasion.

Celtic 0-2 Arsenal
UEFA Champions League Play-Off first leg
Celtic Park, August 18, 2009

Arsenal put themselves on the cusp of the 2009 Champions League Group Stage with a hard-fought win at Celtic Park. Arsène Wenger's side were in charge for much of the game, but two slices of luck proved to be the difference. The first came in the 43rd minute when Robin van Persie tapped a free-kick to Cesc Fabregas 30 yards out. The captain fired in a shot and the ball deflected off William Gallas, leaving Artur Boruc wrong-footed as the ball found the corner of the net. Then, 19 minutes from time, Gael Clichy sped down the left and delivered a cross into the six-yard box. Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner were lurking but they weren't needed as Gary Caldwell turned the ball into his own net.

It was a fierce battle. I felt collectively we dominated the game but Celtic were always willing, fighting and counter-attacking. In the end, despite being in control, we scored two lucky goals. It was a big fight and we needed a strong Arsenal side to win the game. The crowd and players were absolutely up for it and I believe with an average performance we would not have won the game.

Arsène Wenger

09/10 Celtic 0-2 Arsenal - Gary Caldwell own goal

Gary Caldwell scores an own goal against Arsenal

Arsenal 3-1 Celtic
UEFA Champions League Play-Off second leg
Emirates Stadium, August 26, 2009

Arsenal secured their berth in last season's Champions League Group Stage with a comfortable 3-1 win over Celtic at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners added to their two-goal cushion from the first leg when Boruc was adjudged to have upended Eduardo in the area. The Croatian slotted home the resulting penalty and shortly after half time Emmanuel Eboue put an end to any Scottish hopes of qualifying. Bendtner backheeled to Abou Diaby inside the area, he found Eboue and the Ivorian darted past his man to fire low into the net. Ten minutes later Arshavin added the third. Having just come on as a substitute he exchanged passes with Aaron Ramsey before sending a swivelling shot into the bottom corner. There was a slight sting in the tail when Massimo Donati volleyed home with an improbable cross-shot with the last kick of the game. But Wenger's side were safely through.

I believe that in the two games Celtic were well organised and showed some great mental qualities. They never gave up at any moment, and for me, they are a good side. For any team, you would want to score goals. We are organised and structured to go forward.

Arsène Wenger

09/10 Arsenal 3-1 Celtic - Eboue

Emmanuel Eboue scores against Celtic

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26 Jul 2010