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Friday, November 25, 2011

Arsenal through to knockout stages

Arsenal have become the first English club to reach the last 16 of the Champions League following their 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Gunners had to qualify to be in the group stage of the competition and did so following two tricky legs against Udinese. However, their progression to the second round has proven much easier, as they go through to through as group winners with one game to spare.

Arsene Wenger's side have now reached the last 16 of the competition for the ninth consecutive year, but were beaten at that stage last season by champions Barcelona. The best European football betting shows they should do better this time around.

Wenger is delighted with the ease of his side's European progression and is hoping they can go a long way this season.

"I am surprised that we are the first English team to qualify," he added. "When we drew Udinese in the qualifier, you couldn't bet exactly that we would go through like we have done so overall I am happy."

The win against the German side extends Arsenal's unbeaten run to nine games now, which includes their 5-3 over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and the away victory at Norwich at the weekend.

The Gunner's return to form has also coincided with the impressive spell of Dutchman Robin Van Persie. He has now scored 31 goals in his last 34 games for the North London club. The 28-year old was the hero once again against Borussia Dortmund with his two goals ensuring the three points from the game.

Arsenal's final game in Group F is against Olympiakos on December 6.

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