Arsenal Champions League report: Pandev warms up for Gunners and Dortmund hit five

Champions League Pitch

We continue our weekly reports detailing Arsenal's group stage opponents' results and form.

Every week we will take a look at how Arsenal’s Champions League opponents have fared in their domestic competitions, giving fans a hint of what to expect in the build-up to the matches that will be taking place over the coming months.

Napoli:

Napoli continued their outstanding start to the season with a 2-0 away win against Genoa. The result sent them temporarily back to the top of Serie A – until Roma trounced Bologna 5-0 the following day.

Goran Pandev scored both Napoli’s goals – his first of the season – capitalising on a poor back-pass to slot home in the 14th minute, and then scoring from 20 yards 11 minutes later.

The result means Rafa Benitez’s side have dropped just two points in their opening six games, but something may have to give when two high-flying teams clash at the Emirates on Tuesday evening.

Marseille:

Two second-half goals gave Marseille a comfortable victory over Lorient on Saturday. The result means the French side are currently third in Ligue 1, just a point behind PSG and Monaco.

Lorient had previously been unbeaten at home, but goals from Mathieu Valbuena and Andre Ayew ultimately secured another three points.

The win was a timely one after a minor wobble from Marseille in recent weeks, with a 2-1 loss to Monaco followed by a 1-1 draw away to Toulouse.

Borussia Dortmund:

If this season’s Bundesliga title is ultimately decided on goal-difference, expect Jurgen Klopp’s men to be lifting the trophy come May.

While Bayern Munich toiled to a 1-0 victory over Wolfsburg, Borussia Dortmund were thrashing Freiburg 5-0.

Two first-half goals from Marco Reus set the pattern for the rest of the game, with Robert Lewandowski getting a brace of his own before Jakub Blaszczykowski completed the scoring 11 minutes from time.

Freiburg’s efforts were not helped by the fact they had to play the entire second half with 10 men, following the dismissal of Fallou Diagne.

The result means Dortmund remain top of the league on goal-difference.

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