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Arsenal may struggle for Champions League knockout stage

The Gunners need to be in top form in order to qualify  (©GettyImages)
The Gunners need to be in top form in order to qualify (©GettyImages).

While two wins and one defeat does not seem terrible, Arsenal face far more challenging tests on the road in order to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. 

The Gunners have defeated Marseille in France, so when the French team visits London, a win will be expected for Arsene Wenger's side.

And when Napoli came to The Emirates, a 2-0 win was very convincing. But, the match against Napoli in Italy will surely provide a different storyline than that of the 2-0 win in London.

Dortmund managed to come to north London defeat Arsenal, so the away matches are crucial for the Gunners.

Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park is undoubtedly one of the most hostile environments to travel to. Their fans show passion and support in every single game for the entire 90 minutes. After losing to Dortmund 2-1 at home, Arsenal fans will be wondering, can their team beat Dortmund on their turf?

It is something that not even Real Madrid could achieve last season. So the chances of Wenger's players overcoming Dortmund in Germany appear to be very slim. 

Napoli have proven that they are also a force to be reckoned with when at home. They currently lie second in the Serie A, only behind Roma. Having defeat Dortmund 2-1 at home, Arsenal must play a very good game to get the desired result.

While Arsenal did defeat Napoli at The Emirates, the Stadio San Paolo will not be in Arsenal's favour when that crucial match comes around the corner. 

Final Prediction:

Arsenal will not qualify for the knockout stages, but they will be in the Europa League.

Analysis:

Arsenal will not come back home with wins from their two crucial away games against Dortmund and Napoli. While the Gunners are looking brighter than previous season, their group is full of potent teams and Wenger's side will have to settled for third place.

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