Arsenal are in the wonderful position of having already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but top spot in Group A is on the line against Paris Saint-Germain. The Gunners rode their luck somewhat to claim a draw in the reverse fixture, but a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions has them in confident mood this time around.Having been drawn against the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona at the last-16 stage in recent seasons, the importance of finishing first in their section will not be lost on supporters of the North London outfit.
It would be fair to say that Arsenal’s form in the Champions League has been somewhat mixed in recent times, with 11 wins and seven defeats from their last 20 matches. On a positive note, however, they have won six of their previous ten games, including each of the last three, though Bayern Munich are the only European heavyweights that they have beaten during this sequence:
Paris Saint-Germain have picked up nine victories from their most recent 14 matches at this level, scoring at least two goals in each of these successes. Over the course of their last 20 games in this competition, the French champions have faced English opposition on seven occasions, winning twice, drawing four times and losing once.
FORM GUIDE – HOME VS AWAY
Champions League draws at the Emirates Stadium have been as rare as hen’s teeth in recent times, with just one in the last 20 matches. It is also worth noting that the North London outfit have lost seven of their last nine home games in this competition when failing to keep a clean sheet, whilst recording a shutout in nine of their previous 11 victories:
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Although Paris Saint-Germain have triumphed 11 times in 20 matches on their Champions League travels of late, Chelsea are probably the strongest side that they have beaten along the way. Ten of these successes have seen the Ligue 1 club score twice or more, but they have netted a grand total of two goals across their six defeats.
There is little to separate the two teams when it comes to recent ten-game form across all competitions, with the pair combining for an impressive 15 wins and just a single defeat:
Although the margins are pretty slim, it is Arsenal who hold sway when it comes to attacking, while Paris Saint-Germain boast the better numbers defensively. We could be in for a very tight and exciting game tonight.
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