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Fans will fondly recall the last time Arsenal and Juventus met in the Champions League, in 2006.
Patrick Vieira had finally made his long-threatened move away from Arsenal to the Italian giants, and many feared the lightweight new Gunners would struggle against their former captain plus an all-star lineup including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fabio Cannavaro and Lilian Thuram.
All fears were allayed in a dazzling home performance that saw the confirmation of Cesc Fabregas' influence at the club.
Arsenal ultimately went on to their first Champions League final that year, and Juventus wound up relegated to Serie B for their part in the calciopoli scandal.
But fortunes for both clubs have since changed.
Juventus, rehabilitated and reinvented, are still riding the form that saw them win the Scudetto undefeated last year.
They also remain undefeated in this season's Champions League, and in their 3-0 dismissal of title-holders Chelsea, Juve produced one of the standout performances anywhere in Europe this season.
In addition to their formidable defence, Juve have the perennially pivotal Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and exciting emerging talent Paul Pogba. They have occasionally been found lacking up front, a weakness the January signing of Nicolas Anelka aims to address.
But with or without the infamous Arsenal old boy, Juve have more than enough to overpower the Gunners.