Who remembers Arsenal beating Inter Milan 5-1 in the San Siro in the Champions League? Well, that game came in the fifth round of group-stage fixtures in the 2003/04 instalment of the competition.
The fifth gameweek of action has continually been enjoyed by Arsenal on the whole, especially since moving from Highbury to the Emirates.
In the eight campaigns following the ground switch, the Gunners have played their fifth seasonal Champions League group game on home soil on six occasions and won them all.
This statistic must bode well for their chances of beating a Borussia Dortmund side that have already qualified from Group D and are injury depleted.
Star man Marco Reus and their best defender Mats Hummels have ankle injuries, fellow centre half Sokratis Papastathopoulos is absent with a calf complaint, midfield lynchpin Nuri Sahin is out with a knee problem, Sven Bender hasn’t travelled because of a bad hip and Jakub Blaszczykowski is a doubt because of a knee issue.
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However, Arsene Wenger’s men winning at home isn’t the only statistic that has continued to pay out in this round of action in recent years. The last four of the aforementioned six Arsenal victories have arrived with exactly two goals being scored.
Given that the north Londoners have also scored precisely two goals in half of their home Premier League outings this season, the 5/2 they do the same against Dortmund is a nice price.
Furthermore, with Dortmund only failing to score in one of their ten away games this season and shaky being a kind word to sum up Arsenal’s defence of late, it is a 2-1 victory for the Gunners that appeals most within the correct scoreline offerings at 17/2.