Champions League Play-Off Draw: Arsenal Face Fenerbahce In Tough Turkish Test, Celtic Play Kazakhstan Champions

Alan Duffy

9th, August 2013


By Alan Duffy

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group G - Arsenal v Fenerbahce - Emirates Stadium

Nicklas Bendtner musters a shot the last time the two sides met. Maybe he’ll be involved this time too!

While time is starting to run out for Arsenal in their quest for some big name reinforcements, the Gunners have now been hit with a pretty tricky draw in the Champions League qualifiers.

Arsene Wenger’s men will face Turkish giants Fenerbahce, who boast the likes of Raul Meireles, Moussa Sow, Bruno Alves, and Dirk Kuyt in their ranks in what will be a stern test of the Gunners at the start of the 2013/14 campaign. Although the last tie the side met in the competition, in 2008/09, Arsenal won 5-2 away before drawing 0-0 at the Emirates.

The Gunners will play the first leg of the tie, on the 20th or 21st of, August in Turkey with the return leg the following week. At least the north Londoners will have Yaya Sanogo to call upon, eh!

The other standout tie sees PSV Eindhoven face Milan. Here’s the draw in full…

Dinamo Zagreb v FK Austria Vienna

Ludogorets v Basle

Plzen v Maribor

Shakhtyor Karaganda v Celtic

Steaua Bucuresti v Legia Warsaw

Lyon v Real Sociedad

Schalke 04 v FC Metalist Kharkiv

Pacos Ferreira v Zenit St Petersburg

PSV v AC Milan

Fenerbahce v Arsenal