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.
The Italian side romped to a 4-0 victory at home to Livorno on Sunday, reinforcing how well Arsenal did to win so convincingly at the Emirates on match-day two.
Goran Pandev continued his impressive recent form with a fourth-minute opener, and Gokhan Inler doubled Napoli’s lead midway through the first half.
Jose Callejon put the game to bed within nine minutes of the restart, before an 83rd-minute strike from Marek Hamsik put the gloss on a fine attacking performance.
With Serie A leaders Roma yet to drop a point, Napoli are doing extremely well just to keep up, and Rafa Benitez’s men are just two points behind the leaders going into the international break.
The French side will be wondering how they lost against PSG at the weekend, given that they were 1-0 up and a man to the good after little more than half an hour.
When Thiago Motta brought down Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena in the box, the referee pointed to both the penalty spot and the away dressing room, as the PSG man was given a straight red card.
Having missed a great chance to open the scoring six minutes earlier, Andre Ayew made no mistake from the spot. But despite the home side’s numerical advantage, it was the visitors who scored next, as Maxwell equalised on the stroke of half-time.
With PSG playing more defensively in the second period, the game appeared to be heading for a draw. But Ayew undid his earlier good work by fouling Marquinhos in the box, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic calmly dispatched the penalty, ensuring Ligue 1’s second-placed team snatched an unlikely victory.
The defeat left Marseille in fourth position, four points behind leaders Monaco after nine games played.
The German side’s unbeaten start to the Bundesliga campaign came to an end with a 2-0 loss away to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
With the match approaching the final 10 minutes it appeared to be heading towards a scoreless draw, but Mats Hummels conceded a penalty and promptly received a red card, allowing the hosts to score from the spot.
The lead given to them by Max Kruse’s strike was promptly doubled when Raffael scored with just four minutes of normal-time remaining. And that was how the game ended, with Bayern Munich replacing Jurgen Klopp’s side at the top of the table.
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