Arsenal face Montpellier in the Champions League at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

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FIVE ALIVE - ARSENAL'S EUROPEAN RECORD

  • This is Arsenal's 18th matchday five fixture in the group stages of the Champions League. You can see the Club's record at this point in Figure One.
  • Wednesday night's game is the 20th competitive meeting between Arsenal and French opposition. Figure Two sets out our record against them.

Arsenal Analysis

    Figure One                                                    Figure Two

    BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

    • The 2-2 draw with Schalke in the last Champions League match was the Gunners' 37th in the competition's history (from 151 games) and the fourth 2-2 draw recorded. The most common scorelines are set out below:

    Arsenal Analysis

    TRACKING BACK - PODOLSKI'S DEFENSIVE ROLE

    One of the most notable aspects of Arsenal's 5-2 win against Tottenham in the north London derby was the assiduous defensive work of Lukas Podolski. The Germany international made the joint-most tackles in the game (four, along with Jan Vertonghen) and it was his energetic display on the left flank that helped nullify the threat of the pacy Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker.

    As Figure One shows, Podolski constantly tracked back to help out his captain, Thomas Vermaelen. He made a number of tackles, interceptions and clearances in his own half - one of which on Lennon in the Arsenal penalty area drew rich applause from the Emirates faithful. It was a disciplined display and, as Figure Two demonstrates, one that saw him far more involved defensively than in the previous match against Fulham.

    He may have won plaudits for scoring and also laying on an assist for Santi Cazorla against Tottenham, but Podolski's defensive work deserves just as much praise.

    Figure One - Podolski v Tottenham                              Figure Two - Podolski v Fulham

    Arsenal Analysis

    (Key: Tackles - Green, Interceptions - Blue, Clearances - Purple, Recoveries - Yellow)

    ARSENAL v MONTPELLIER - FACTS

    • If Arsenal and Schalke both win their games on Wednesday night, both will qualify for the next stage
    • Montpellier are already eliminated from the Champions League, but can still qualify for the Europa League if they win both of their remaining games and Olympiacos lose both of theirs
    • Only Nordsjælland (27) have had fewer shots than Arsenal (30) after four matches of this season’s Champions League
    • Montpellier have won just one of their last 12 matches in European competition (W1 D4 L7)
    • Defeat against Schalke ended a run of 14 home games without defeat for Arsenal in the Champions League (W12 D2)
    • The Gunners have only conceded 18 goals in 30 Champions League matches at Emirates Stadium, keeping 16 clean sheets
    • Ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham, Arsenal had kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 games in all competitions
    • Montpellier have won just 42 per cent of their 50/50 duels in the Champions League this season, a lower percentage than any other team

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