Posted on Monday, 17th September 2012 by Tony Merakli
1. This is Montpellier’s first ever Champions League campaign.
2. Montpellier have only ever faced an English club once – this came in the 1991 Cup Winners Cup quarter-finals against Man United, a tie they lost 3-1 in aggregate.
3. The Ligue 1 champions haven’t won any of their last four European home games (two draws, two defeats).
4. Montpellier have netted 49 goals in UEFA competition.
5. This is the 15th consecutive season Arsenal have competed in the Champions League, only Real Madrid and Manchester United boast longer steaks with 16 and 17 respectively.
6. In the last nine seasons, The Gunners have made it past the Group Stages of the competition, but have been knocked out in the last 16 phase in the last two campaigns.
7. Arsenal have never lost in France, winning five and drawing four.
8. Arsenal’s last three games on French soil have all resulted in 1-0 victories.
9. The Gunners have only kept one clean sheet in their last 20 Champions League away games – this came in France against Marseille last season.
10. Arsenal have scored 346 goals in UEFA competition.
11. Arsene Wenger starts his three-game touchline ban after criticising Slovenian referee Damir Skomina following Arsenal’s 3-0 home win over AC Milan last season.
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