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Why finishing second in Champions League group stage is bad news for Arsenal (and Liverpool and Manchester City)

The Gunners look certain to finish runners-up to Borussia Dortmund in Group D

You can abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park from next year

The 80 metre high edge of the iconic sculpture offers incredible views of the capital

Arsene Wenger pictured during Arsenal's 3-3 draw with Anderlecht

How Arsenal could fail to reach Champions League knock-out phase for first time since 1999

The Gunners were just minutes away from guaranteeing a place in the next phase

Arsene Wenger pictured during Arsenal's 3-3 draw with Anderlecht

Paul Merson labels Arsenal as 'clueless' 11 TIMES after 3-3 draw with Anderlecht

The Gunners held a three goal advantage against their Champions League opponents but the game ended all square

Vincent Kompany wouldn't join Arsenal for £60m and two Ferraris

Manchester City captain was responding to question from Piers Morgan on Twitter

The best tweets and Memes, including from wife of Dejan Lovren, after Liverpool boss Rodgers names Gerrard, Balotelli and Sterling on bench

The Liverpool manager opted to leave a number of his best players out of tough Champions League tie

A view outside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

Arsenal vs Anderlecht team news: Aaron Ramsey starts but Theo Walcott on bench

The sides meet in the fourth round of the Champions League group phase

Steven Gerrard training ahead of Liverpool's match with Real Madrid

Real Madrid vs Liverpool team news: Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli OUT of starting XI

The sides meet in the fourth round of the Champions League group phase

West Ham co-chairmen David Gold (left) and David Sullivan

West Ham co-owner David Gold trolled on Twitter over sale of Upton Park

Cheeky tweeter lured the West Ham co-owner in

Daniel Sturridge with Brendan Rodgers during pre-season

Daniel Sturridge injury: Liverpool striker travels to Real Madrid for Champions League tie

Striker posts picture aboard plane bound for the Spanish capital

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