Arsenal have been pitted against Italian side Udinese in this morning’s Champions League qualifying draw.
The first leg will take place on Tuesday August 16th with the second leg on Wednesday 24th. Arsenal were drawn first so will play the first leg at home.
The Italians first qualified for the Champions League in 2004-5 but failed to get out of the group stages. Last season they finished fourth in Serie A but have lost two of their most important players, Cristian Zapata and Alexis Sanchez to Villarreal and Barcelona respectively.
However, Arsenal will go into the first leg without the suspended Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri while the participation of Cesc Fabregas is not guaranteed, if he’s even at the club when the games take place.
It also means a trip away to Italy before Arsenal’s league game at Old Trafford. August is set to be a pivotal month for Arsene Wenger’s side.