Dundalk vs Arsenal: UEFA Europa League history, form guide, previous meetings | UEFA Europa League
The fourth goes first as Dundalk scrambles to avoid a Group B blanket in their last European game of the season at home against an Arsenal side who, already in the knockout stage as section winners , will be just as keen to end her group campaign with as many points as possible. .
• As Arsenal secured their fifth consecutive Group B victory – and fourth in a row with a three-goal margin – by beating Rapid Wien 4-1 in London last time, Alexandre Lacazette’s 20th UEFA goal Europa League opened the scoring, with Dundalk losing 3-1 to Molde, tying a competition record with their ninth consecutive defeat in the group stage.
• Arsenal won 3-0 against Dundalk on Matchday 2 in their first UEFA encounter with Republic of Ireland opponents Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pépé scoring the goals in four minutes of each side of halftime.
• This is Dundalk’s first official home game against an English club since losing 1-4 to Liverpool in the 1982/82 European Cup first round first leg (1-5 overall). The previous season, they had drawn 1-1 at home against Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of the European Cup Winners’ Cup second round, before losing the return 1-0 in north London.
• Dundalk retained the League of Ireland title in 2019, making it five wins in six years and 14 in total. Also FAI Cup finalists, which they lost on penalties to league finalists Shamrock Rovers after a 1-1 draw, their 2019/20 European campaign ended in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League against Slovan Bratislava (0-1 y, 1-3 h). They had been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League a round earlier by Qarabağ (1-1 h, 0-3 a).
• Defeated 3-0 against Slovenian champions Celje in their first UEFA Champions League qualifying round this season, Dundalk have made three UEFA Europa League qualifiers: 1-0 at Inter. Escaldes, 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw against Sheriff and 3-1 at home against KÍ – to book their second group stage appearance of the competition after a 2016/17 campaign in which they recorded four points to finish at the bottom of a section including Zenit, AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel -Aviv.
• Dundalk have lost their last nine group matches in the UEFA Europa League, tying the record for consecutive defeats previously held by Slovan Bratislava. They have won only two of their last 11 European home matches (D4 L5).
• Eighth in the 2019/20 Premier League, Arsenal secured a 25th consecutive season in Europe by winning the FA Cup under new manager Mikel Arteta – the club’s record-breaking 14th triumph in the competition – with a 2-1 victory over his London rival Chelsea in the final. Their third consecutive UEFA Europa League campaign ended in the round of 16 with an away goal loss in extra time to Olympiacos (1-0 a, 1-2 h).
• The ubiquitous UEFA Champions League for 19 consecutive seasons from 1998/99 to 2016/17, Arsenal reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League on the first try in 2017/18, losing to the eventual winner of the ‘Atlético de Madrid, before going one step further and qualifying for the 2018/19 final, where they were beaten 4-1 by Chelsea in Baku. They were group winners in all four of their UEFA Europa League matches – an unprecedented feat.
• The 1999/2000 UEFA Cup finalists have been unbeaten in eight European away matches (6 v., N. 2) since Rennes beat them 3-1 in the round of 16 first leg of the 2018 UEFA Europa League / 19. Their overall away record in the UEFA Europa League is W13 D3 L4; in the group stage it is W8 D2 L1, the only defeat to come in Cologne (0-1) in 2017/18.
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• Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney’s next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 50th.
• Jordan Flores of Dundalk, who scored for Molde on Matchday 5, is English and has played in his home country for Wigan as well as loan spells with Blackpool, Chesterfield and Fylde.
• Also born in England but now representing Nigeria, Nathan Oduwa started his career with Arsenal rivals Tottenham in north London, before playing on loan for three other England teams: Luton, Colchester and Peterborough.
• Several other Dundalk players have spent time with English clubs – Andy Boyle (Preston, on loan from Doncaster), Patrick Hoban (Bristol City, Oxford, on loan from Stevenage, on loan from Grimsby, Mansfield), Sean Murray (Watford , loan from Wigan, Swindon, Colchester), Cameron Dummigan (Burnley, Oldham), Patrick McEleney (Oldham) and Aaron McCarey (Wolves, loan Telford, loan Walsall, loan York, loan Portsmouth, loan Bury).
• Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson celebrates his 21st birthday on Matchday 6, while Dundalk coach Shane Keegan turns 39 on the same day.
• Arsenal’s win on Matchday 5 was their 28th in the UEFA Europa League, from the group stage to the final, the highest in the competition by an English club – three more than local rivals Tottenham, who have played 11 additional matches.
• If the Gunners win in Dublin, they will join ten other teams that have won all six matches in a UEFA Europa League group, including Tottenham (2013/14).
• Arsenal’s total of 16 Group B goals is the highest ever for an English club in a section of the UEFA Europa League – one more than Tottenham’s in 2013/14.
• Dundalk finished third in the 2020 Premier Division to advance to the UEFA Europa League qualifying round next season. They were 22 points behind champions Shamrock Rovers when the shortened 18-game league ended on November 9.