Second-placed Arsenal set for more Champions League disappointment?

By Edward V
In Articles
Dec 6th, 2016

Arsenal must finish top of their Champions League group this evening if they are to have any chance of winning the competition, according to new stats from Smartbets.

With tougher opposition, and a tricky away tie in the second-leg, there is a distinct disadvantage to finishing second at this stage, with 72.11% of group winners since 2003/04 getting through their R16 tie to reach the quarter-final.

Arsenal have finished second for five of the last six years, and have been knocked out each time. A similar fate could await if, as expected, they aren’t able to overtake PSG at the top of Group A.

Group winners dominate the entirety of the Champions League knockout stages, with 80.77% of the finalists, and 76.92% of the winners since 2003/04 being teams who topped their group.

While Manchester City can’t finish any higher than second, the omens are good for Leicester, who have won Group G with a match to spare.

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