Arsenal face Fenerbache in the Champions League play-off first leg tomorrow night. Here are some Champions League numbers for you courtesy of UEFA.
The teams have met twice before in the Champions League group stages:
- 05/11/08 Arsenal 0 Feberbahce 0
- 21/10/08 Feberbahce 2 Arsenal 5
They have also played each other in the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup:
- 03/10/79 Fenerbahce 0 Arsenal 0
- 19/09/79 Arsenal 2 Fenerbahce 0
-Arsenal have featured in the Champions League in every season since 1998/1999 and are looking to secure their 16th successive campaign.
-Arsenal’s 5-2 defeat of Fenerbahce in 2008 ended the Turkish side’s 15 game unbeaten home run in Europe. Goalscorers that day for Arsenal were: Adebayor, Walcott, Diaby, Song, Ramsey. Silvestre scored an own goal.
-The Arsenal side which defeated Fenerbahce in the Cup Winner’s Cup went on to appear in the final.
-Fenerbahce are looking to make their first appearance in the Champions League group stages since 08/09.
-Playing in the Europa League last season, Fenerbahce won four, drew two and lost just once.
-Arsenal went out on away goals in last season’s Champions League, defeated by Bayern Munich who would go on to win the tournament. Their record away from home was won two, drew one, lost one.
-Fenerbahce’s Joseph Yobo lost ten of his 13 matches against Arsenal when playing for Everton.
-Emre made his home debut for Newcastle United against Arsenal. He lost 2-0.
-The referee is Gianluca Rocchi from Italy and this will be his 11th Champions League game in charge. He has refereed 39 UEFA matches in total.
-Rocchi has refereed four games involving English sides in the Champions League, including one Arsenal match. The English side has never lost with two wins and two draws.
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