Unbeaten for 16 straight matches
Arsenal reached the last 16 of the Champions League 2010/11 where the Gunners were facing a top clash against FC Barcelona. After having prevailed the Spanish champion in first leg's home fixture (2-1), Arsenal were ousted at 'Camp Nou' (1-3). In an outstanding Premier League season with a strong run of sixteen unbeaten games in a row they finally ranked fourth due to weaker performances at the end.
Global super stars in Cologne
Arsenal is regarded as one of the global big shots as they have players on their payroll like the Dutch international forward Robin van Persie (finished third in the English scoring charts with 18 goals in only 24 appearances), Russian star striker Andrey Arshavin, exceptionally gifted talent Samir Nasri in midfield and Cesc Fàbregas who is the Spanish national team captain. Their manager Arsène Wenger stands for continuity. The successful Frenchman, who speaks six languages (including fluent German), has been at power since 1996. During that period of time the Gunners captured three English championships and four FA Cups. Arsenal F.C. is going to come to 'RheinEnergieStadion' with their full squad.
Fast and technically adept
The Gunners' playing philosophy is frequently compared to the one of FC Barcelona as it is based on a technically adept high speed football. They mainly focus on ball possession, aiming not only at a result-oriented but at an attractive and entertaining football. There is no doubt that their offensive skills are their major merit. Only league champion Manchester United was able to score more goals (78) than Arsenal (72). From time to time the Gunners are troubled by teams with a stable and strict defence leaving no space for their demanding one touch football.
Success from tradition
The origins of Arsenal Football Club go back to late nineteenth century south-east London when it was founded by workers from the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich in 1886. In 1904 they promoted into England's First Division in which they have been staying ever since holding the English record for the longest uninterrupted period in the top flight. Under the reign of legend Herbert Chapman the Gunners dominated in the 1930s. After a long period of mediocre success including a double in 1971, they regained their reputation of one of England's top teams at the turn of the millennium with the appointment of Arsène Wenger. Since 2006 Arsenal's new arena - the 'Emirates Stadium' - is situated in the London Borough of Islington in Inner London. It is the second largest football stadium in England. Apart from thirteen league titles they won the FA Cup for ten times and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1994. Up to now the Gunners were not granted to capture a Champions Leage title but they were runners-up in 2006.
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The last meeting of the two teams was held in 1971 when the two teams battled each other in the quarter-finals of the European Fairs Cup. FC kept these matches in fond memory. The first leg in the British capital was won by Arsenal with 2-1. Thanks to the away goal rule scored at Highbury Cologne prevailed Arsenal with a 1-0 home win to reach clash Juventus F.C. in the semi-finals.
Pre-sales for this international friendly match will start on June 21st.
For season ticket holders: June 7th
For club members: June 14th
Further info for this rematch to be announced on www.fc-koeln.de