After the usual montage-tastic guff at UEFA HQ, Arsenal have been drawn in group D against Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht in the group stages of the 2014/15 Champions League.
It’s the third time the Gunners have faced the German side. We met last year, of course, winning away and losing at home, but also faced them in 2011/12 (winning one and drawing one), and in 2002/3 when we lost away but won at Highbury.
The only time Arsenal faced Galatasaray in Europe was in the 2000 UEFA Cup final and the less said about that the better, while the only time we’ve the Belgian side is in the 1969/70 season on the way to winning the Fairs Cup (we beat them over two legs in the final!).
It’s the Gunners 17th successive year in Europe’s premiere competition so we’re well versed in the highs and lows of life on the continent.
There was the whole not being able to win at Wembley thing in the late 90s, John Carewing us out in the early noughties, the Invincibles’ disastrous exit at the hands of Chelsea in 2004, a marvellous run to the final in 2006, that Gibbs slip versus United, an epic win over Barcelona, crushing defeats in the Nou Camp, a nearly miraculous comeback vs AC Milan and then two consecutive years getting dumped out by Bayern Munich – a bit of everything, except our hands on the jug-eared trophy.
Maybe this year!