Potential Champions League opponents as Arsenal await draw

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As we know, the 1-0 win over Besiktas last night put us into the group stages of the Champions League for the 17th successive season.

The draw takes place later this afternoon at UEFA HQ when the bald man will say a lot of stuff and there’ll be some video montages and a great European player like Jan Koller will come out and meddle with his balls.

Anyway, Arsenal are seeded in Pot 1, and the rest of the pots are as follows. Obviously we can’t draw any teams from England, who are marked in red.

The groups consist of a team from each one of the pots.

Pot 1 Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Porto

Pot 2 Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk, Basel, Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City

Pot 3 Olympiakos, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon, Galatasaray, Athletic Bilbao, Bayer Leverkeusen

Pot 4 Anderlecht, Roma, APOEL, BATE Borisov, Maribor, Monaco, PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, Malmö FF

We’re going with Juventus, Galatasaray and Monaco – yes, we’re making the ridiculous assumption that we won’t face Olympiakos again.

Make your predictions in the comments below. Anyone who gets it right wins a prize*

 

 

 

 

 

*Please note: prize is not real. Please allow 28 days for non-delivery of the prize.

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JosiahEmmy
JosiahEmmy

My prediction, Arsenal, Spurs, Spurs and Spurs. The usual easy group stage!

enterthedragon
enterthedragon

Lol in yer dreams. Me predicts that we will thus face-

Basel
Leverkusen
Malmo

The amount of ridiculous puns we would face with them three…

Martin
Martin

Spurs in champions league? Nonsense…

MRN
MRN

Zenit (return of Arshavin), Galatasaray (return of Eboue), Roma (return of Gervinho)

Goonerboy
Goonerboy

BATE ( return of Master Bate)

Beagleboy
Beagleboy

Sounds like a reunion of the cast of The Walking Dead of sorts 😉

Serge
Serge

LOL great comment

Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott

People are thumbing this down?????? It must be the fall…

RoyaleWithCheese
RoyaleWithCheese

If anyone should return, it should be Dennis and Ajax!

gooner1981
gooner1981

It’s Arsenal we’re talking about, so my prediction would be Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Athletic Bilbao and Roma. You can count on Chelsea getting Basel, Olympiakos and BATE Borisov!
Seriously though, I hope for the first time in a while, we get a relatively easy group and top the group. Every single time we’ve finished second, we’ve faced a tough team, second game away…

AlbZ
AlbZ

Well, Basel beat them twice last year, so I’d like to see that again (I’m Swiss and even though I dislike Basel, I dislike the rich club even more)

I’d love to have Schalke, Bilbao and Anderlecht to minimize travel disctractions.

James vagaBond
James vagaBond

Basel bat Chelsea because of Salah. that’s the only reason they bought him

Giroud Awakening
Giroud Awakening

We’ve gotten absolute gifts of groups in the last few years bar last year

RoyaleWithCheese
RoyaleWithCheese

Still, I wouldn’t mind a tough group to be honest. We can beat any team from pot 2-4, and last season’s group matches were amazing, especially the win at Dortmund and the thrashing of Napoli at home.

I’d prefer an easy group, but I’ll take a couple of magical Champions League nights down at the pub.

RoyaleWithCheese
RoyaleWithCheese

Oh, and as a Norwegian gooner, I wouldn’t mind taking a trip across the border to play Malmö!

Orang Soul
Orang Soul

I honestly look at all of those teams and think there arent really any easy games.
Just some slightly less tough than others.
Besides possibly Ludograts.

theupbeatgunner
theupbeatgunner

After Ludo’s fairy tale win yesterday (a defender in goal saves 2 pens and scores his own!) I can’t root against them. Good on you, Bulgarians.

Roger Clarke
Roger Clarke

Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Olympiakos, Roma

D
D

Replace Olympiakos with Galatasaray. The group of death. Of all Gooners.

Jeff
Jeff

Relieved we don’t have Marseille again. Boring games.

Giroud Awakening
Giroud Awakening

Typical group: Marseille, Olympiakos and Porto. And then Barcelona in the last 16. Every fucking time.

Jeff
Jeff

Bonus: replace Barcelona with Bayern or the “flavour-of-the-moment”-team

WilshereIsMyFavouritePlayer
WilshereIsMyFavouritePlayer

So Real Madrid this time around

Nelly
Nelly

Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkeusen, Malmö

Beagleboy
Beagleboy

I would prefer to stay well clear of Leverkusen this year. Roger Schmidt their new manager has put a spring in their step and they are not to be underestimated.

Mzansi Gooner
Mzansi Gooner

Do you really want to go to Ukraine now?

shitbird
shitbird

Shakhtar won’t be playing their games in Donetsk.

sl_andy
sl_andy

Want: Basel, Ajax, Anderlecht,

Who we will probably get: Paris Saint-Germain, Athletic Bilbao, Monaco,

sl_andy
sl_andy

Just realised PSG and Monaco can’t be drawn together is Roma instead.

Gargoyle
Gargoyle

PSG, Bilbao and Anderlecht 🙂

me
me

Arsenal , schalke , Ajax and Roma, ….. That would be an interesting group

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

Zenit, Ajax and APOEL (please please please!)…

Black Hei
Black Hei

How many times have we won the pot 1 trophy?

Serge
Serge

there is a 28 days non-delivery of the pot 1 trophy after the 28 days non-delivery of the top 4 trophy

Black Hei
Black Hei

28 weeks later all hell breaks loose

Dexter
Dexter

Quite fancy an away day in Amsterdam this season.

RoyaleWithCheese
RoyaleWithCheese

Quite fancy seeing Bergkamp at The Emirates too!

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez

My prediction: Arsenal, PSG, Ajax, BATE Borisov.

Tom
Tom

Borussia, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor

Kosmin Moti
Kosmin Moti

I hope we get Ludogorets so I can go and watch Arsenal for the first time in my life 🙂 If u haven’t heard yet – go look what happened between Steaua and Ludogorets last night

theupbeatgunner
theupbeatgunner

You done well, Moti.

That Genius Bergkamp
That Genius Bergkamp

Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Roma

alireen
alireen

Arsnal,schalke,monaco,olympkos

Arsene's musings
Arsene's musings

Basel, Ajex, Monaco

JB
JB

Basel, Olympiakos, PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.

I’m suing if my prize is delivered within 28 days.

trequartista
trequartista

Arsenal, Juventus, Bilbao, Monaco .. can’t get more difficult than that

Steve
Steve

Zenit, Ajax, Roma

Simon
Simon

The hardest possible draw

Soqed Hozi
Soqed Hozi

I think I’d like to go to watch us play in Basel, Amsterdam and Cyprus… Holiday time!

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

Arsenal, Juventus, Galatasaray, Monaco

Gooner Stoner
Gooner Stoner

Arsenal
Schalke
Olympiacos
Maribor

Tottenham is still shite.

gunner for ever
gunner for ever

Arsenal – schalke – Athletic bilbao – Roma
I am extremely proud of the fighting spirit the boys showed.Well done to all of them.Well done AW.They have to continue giving 100% in all games starting from the first minute not the last 10 minutes.come on you gunersssssssssssssss

Ian
Ian

Isn’t Donetsk a war zone?

Borussia Bilbao Bate

Costa Gooner

Would like Basel, Bate, &Bilbao (coz I live in Spain & could drive there). As for the other2 should be relatively easy.COYG

Eddee
Eddee

Fancy meeting bergkamp at ajax..

Frenki Fung
Frenki Fung

Shakhtar Donetsk, Galatasaray, Maribor

indiana
indiana

arsenal,borrusia dortmund,galatasaray,as monaco!!!! as easy as it comes since we are arsenal

TheRealJenkoooooo
TheRealJenkoooooo

Borussia dortmund, galatasaray and roma

Riju Nayak

Arsenal, PSG, Leverkusun, Roma. Seems to be the worst possible.

Wen(gunn)er
Wen(gunn)er

Seeing that we’re unlucky with draws (drew Southampton in CoC) I’m expecting Arsenal to be in the Group of Death.

Arsenal
PSG
Ajax
Roma

East Gooner
East Gooner

Arsenal, PSG, Athletic Bilbao. Roma

Karl
Karl

What’s the story if we get drawn with Shakhtar Donetsk? Neutral venue for away tie?

Aedan
Aedan

Flamini will just use his death stare to put an end to all the tomfoolery while we’re out there

Daz
Daz

PSG, CSKA, APOEL

Cannoner
Cannoner

Hope we get Dortmund, Lisbon, and Monaco. Then Arsene won’t hesitate in buying Reus, Carvalho and Falcao to give us just a little bit of advantage over them.

Mr.T
Mr.T

PSG, Sporting and Malmo fellas

ultimate poseur
ultimate poseur

Made a graphic looking at how tough our draw could possibly get. http://t.co/r9FkOYZfhs

The Night Elf
The Night Elf

Shakhtar Donetsk, CSKA Moscow, PFC Ludogorets Razgrad … the away trips will be long, freezing cold and downright demoralizing ..

jet gooner
jet gooner

We will get out of any group I think, we normally do. It’s about time we had a bit of luck.

ronererier than ever
ronererier than ever

Dortmund, Bilbao and Monaco

Mr Arsenal -Tony Adams
Mr Arsenal -Tony Adams

PSG, Atletic Bilbao and APOEL

DC
DC

Basel, Ajax and Malmo

Lacku
Lacku

Still buzzing about last nights result. COYG!

I’d love to see Malmö in the same group. Would be awesome for us Scandinavian Gooners!

Swedegunner
Swedegunner

Plus, you know, we would destroy them 😉

Iain
Iain

Anything but a trip to Russia.

supa dupa
supa dupa

Well its Aresenal and UEFA will fuck us over in the worst way possible. They will bend all rules and give is Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcalona.

Cheesus
Cheesus

Oi! I used to love Jan Koller. Rosicky and Koller together at BVB was just brilliant!

Arky
Arky

PSG, Sporting, Roma. The first two to screw up our transfer business and the last just to make things more difficult.