While Arsenal may consider a group win an absolute must they know that trips to Gelsenkirchen and Montpellier will be difficult and an away day in Piraeus against Olympiakos will be their most likely slip up point, with their record away to the Greek champions dire.
European Honours: Uefa Cup winners 1997
Champions League best: Semi Finals, 2010-11
Qualified: 3rd in Bundesliga
After a hit and miss campaign last time out the Gelsenkirchen side eventually did well to finish in 3rd place in the German Bundesliga and earn automatic qualification for the Champions League. They shocked many people with their run to the Semi Final of 2011, where they were eventually dispatched by Manchester United but a large part of that success was Manuel Neuer, the goalkeeper now with Bayern Munich.
This term however sees them able to pair Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay and Klaas Jan Huntelaar on the pitch with exciting young Finn Teemu Pukki also a goal threat.
European Honours: N/A
Champions League best: Quarter Finals, 1998-99
Qualified: Greek champions
Perennial European qualifiers and last season they did so in style in an impressive domestic campaign. They won the Greek title ahead of eternal rivals Panathinaikos by seven points, losing just three games in the league.
They lost their star player and top goalscorer Kevin Mirallas to Everton this summer however; which will hit them hard but their home form is imperious, with the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus an intimidating structure where Arsenal have lost on their previous two visits, including a 3-1 defeat last season.
European honours: N/A
Champions league best: N/A
Qualified: French champions
Shock French champions last season but it appears the most shocked at that result were Montpellier themselves after a pretty poor start to their current campaign. Younes Belhanda and Yanga M’Biwa have remained at the club but they lost Olivier Giroud who would enjoy scoring against his old club-mates; of that there is no doubt after his own goal drought.
Should not be discounted on the grounds of a bad start and a trip to the south of France will still be tricky for any of the teams in the group but Arsenal should pick apart their lack of European pedigree with ease.
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