Friday, August 7, 2009
The Battle of Britain Initiates: Arsenal gets Celtic in the Champion's League
The draw for the Champion’s League play-off round has been made. Arsenal will face the Scottish side Celtic to decide who will proceed to the group stages of the tournament.
Earlier this season, Arsenal had the chance to test themselves against another Scottish side in the Emirates Cup; this time they are facing Rangers’ fierce rivals- Celtic, but they will be playing for much higher stakes.
The sides have never met before in an official match.
Here are some statistics of both clubs:
Domestic achievements: 42 times winner of the Scottish Premier League, 34 times winner of the Scottish Cup, 14 times winner of the Scottish League Cup
International achievements: one time winner of the European Cup – 1967
Manager: Tony Mowbray
Last season’s standings in the Scottish League: 2nd
Last season’s top goal scorer: Scott McDonald – 16 goals
Key players: Gary Caldwell, Scott Brown
Average age of the squad: 26.23 years
Domestic achievements: 13 times winner of the FA Premier League, 10 times winner of the FA Cup, two times winner of the League Cup, 12 times winner of the FA Community Shield.
International achievements: one time winners of European Winners’ Cup – 1994, one time winners of Inner-Cities Fair Cup – 1970.
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Last season’s standings in the FA Premier League: 4th
Last season’s top goal scorer: Robin van Persie – 11
Key players: Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie
Average age of the squad: 22.8 years
The matches will be played on August 18, when Arsenal is travelling to Glasgow, and on August 26 is hosting Celtic at the Emirates Stadium.