Arsenal Women In Line for Difficult Champions League Draw

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Arsenal Women await Friday’s Champions League Draw with confirmation that they will be unseeded, meaning they could draw Lyon, Wolfsburg, Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the round of 32.

There is no group stage in the women’s Champions League. The qualifying rounds concluded last night and with the final 32 teams now confirmed, Arsenal will be in the unseeded half of the draw. A 5 and a half year absence from the competition has damaged their co-efficient. The Gunners are the only British team to have won the competition, back in 2007.

The first leg will take place at Meadow Park on 11th or 12th September, with the second leg away on 25th or 26th in a straight knockout format.

Arsenal will therefore draw one of current holders Lyon, Wolfsburg, PSG, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Slavia Praha, Brondby, Fortuna Hjørring, FC Zurich, BIIK-Kazygurt, Glasgow City, Atletico Madrid, Sparta Praha, FC Twente or Fiorentina. They cannot draw Manchester City, who are seeded.

The draw takes place on Friday at 13.30 CET and the draw will be streamed live on UEFA.com and we will of course bring you all of the details here on Arseblog News.

In the meantime, Montemurro’s side play a pre season friendly against Barcelona tonight at Meadow Park. Full match preview here.

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Imustafiyou
Imustafiyou

Not really sure about the teams that Arsenal women are going to face. Which one is stronger or which draw is more favourable to us. Is it possible for Tim to analyse abit of that?

Stillberto
Stillberto

Basically they absolutely want to avoid Lyon or Wolfsburg cos they would probably go out. Bayern or Barca are pretty evenly matched with Arsenal, PSG would be tough but they’d be slight favourites, ditto Atlético. The rest they’d be favourites for.

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

How far away are Jordan and Lia from a comeback?
With these two available for selection I feel we could give any of the opposing sides a run for their money.

Imustafiyou
Imustafiyou

Thanks man! Cheers!

Chidi
Chidi

As long as we avoid Lyon and Wolfsburg, I’d be quite confident.

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

Fingers crossed for Fortuna Hjørring. Then we get to do another glorious trip with a busload of danish gooners, like we did years ago when they played the same fixture. It was magical. Hjørring is at best a small town, and they had “been informed a bus full of hooligans” would arrive to support Arsenal. We arrived (cheerfully drunk and in a wonderful mood) to Hjørring to be met by police escorts and enough uniformed officers to control a small civil war. We were basically crying with laughter, and I think our wonderful danish boys in blue quickly realized that what *had* arrived was a bunch of happy gooners, singing and in a festive mood.

The local stadium was packed, they even had a band playing in the stands. By the time the second half started, our end of the park had run out of beer, and the band had stopped playing, because everytime they started playing a tune, hoping to get the local supporters to sing along, we took over and turned it into an Arsenal song.

One of my finest memories as a gooner – and the ladies came over at the final whistle to thank us for our support, signed peoples shirts, and were generally brilliant.

To this day I can say that I have a signed Tony Adams shirt. It’s not signed *by* Tony Adams, but.. why ruin a good story with boring facts.

Let’s hope we get Fortuna Hjørring. I’m sure the danish gooners will be delighted to make the trip again!

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

What a lovely anecdote! OK, my fingers and toes are also crossed for Fortuna Hjorring.

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

Our second match of the season…gulp! If we do well tonight, it will be such a fillip.

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

Tim, another question.

I’ve just seen the article on arsenal.com about the Oaklands College Academy link-up – is this part of our attempt to stop haemorrhaging youngsters to US colleges?

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Who says Arsenal arent a Champions League club?

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Agree! Too much pessimism around at the moment based on a few pre-season games with experimental line-ups and players returning to work following the summer break.