Arsenal ended the previous season as league champions, becoming the first side since Preston North End 115 years earlier to do so undefeated. They completed their historic league campaign with 26 wins, 12 draws and 90 points.
The UEFA Champions League is by far the most momentous and significant competition in all of club football. Every year it features thirty-two clubs from a variety of leagues across the European continent competing for the bragging rights to be called champions of Europe and most often implies Club Champions of The World. In the past ten years, all clubs that have emerged winners of the Champions League have gone on to clasp the FIFA club World Cup trophy, a clear indicator of the prestige and calibre of the UEFA organized tournament.