Two of Arsenal’s Champions League rivals lose…but not the one they are focused on

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We continue our weekly reports detailing Arsenal's Champions League 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.

Borussia Dortmund:

A single goal proved enough for Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday, as a fourth minute penalty sealed the three points against a well-drilled Hannover side.

Dortmund’s Erik Durm won the spot-kick when he was held in the area by Hiroki Sakai, and Marco Reus converted the chance.

Despite pushing for a second goal, Dortmund found the visitors’ defence impenetrable from then on. But the single strike was enough to secure the victory, and ensure they go into next week’s match against Arsenal second in the Bundesliga – one point behind leaders Bayern Munich.

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Napoli:

Napoli were the latest side to feel the force of Serie A leaders Roma, as the team with the 100% record maintained it in impressive form on Friday.

Napoli would have gone into the match in confident form, as they themselves had only dropped two points previously. But a brace from Miralem Pjanic secured the three points for the home side.

Four minutes into first half injury time, the playmaker scored a delightful free-kick from 22 yards out. And he doubled Roma’s lead with 20 minutes remaining, converting a penalty after Marco Borrielo was dragged back by Paulo Cannavaro.

That incident led to the Napoli man being dismissed, and from that point on, there was no way back for the visitors.

Marseille:

The French side slipped to fifth in Ligue 1 after a 1-0 defeat away to Nice. The result means the two sides are now level on 17 points, seven behind league leaders PSG.

The only goal of the match was scored by Dario Cvitanich five minutes before half-time, as he rounded Marseille ‘keeper Steve Mandanda and slotted into an empty net.

As much as Nice owed their victory to that effort, it was also down to fine goalkeeping from David Ospina, and a stroke of luck when Gianelli Imbula’s shot came back off the post.

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