The Champions League draw took place this evening, and Arsenal were drawn in Group A with French champions PSG, FC Basel, and Ludogorets.
Here’s how we’ve fared against these opponents in the past.
The teams have only ever met once, over two legs in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1994.
|29 Mar 1994||Paris St Germain v Arsenal||D||1-1||UEFA European Cup Winners Cup|
|12 Apr 1994||Arsenal v Paris St Germain||W||1-0||UEFA European Cup Winners Cup|
In the first leg in Paris, Ian Wright put the Gunners ahead before David Ginola equalised in the second half. A Kevin Campbell goal at Highbury was enough for a famous 1-0 win and to send George Graham’s side through the final in Copenhagen, where Alan Smith’s 22nd minute goal was enough to see off a star-studded Parma side and lift the trophy.
This will be a first meeting between the two sides, but it will be a return home for two current Arsenal players.
Mohamed Elneny signed for the Gunners from the Swiss side in January, while the club’s major signing this summer, Granit Xhaka, began his professional career there in 2010. The midfielder signed for Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012.
Xhaka’s brother, Taulent, currently plays for FC Basel to add some extra spice.
Another cherry being popped here, Arsenal have never played the Bulgarian side previously. We can’t even find any vague connection between the two clubs or in their squad.
It does make for a pleasingly refreshing draw though, good to avoid the same old faces and places, and overall it’s is pretty kind. This definitely looks like a group that we can win.
Yeah, we know, we know, but still.