Arsenal have been drawn in group A of the UEFA Champions League group games this week, and the draw seems to be a favourable one for the troubled Premier League side.
They take on French champions Paris St. Germain, Swiss’s outfit Basel and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.
In group B, Benfica will trade tackles with runners-up in Italy Napoli, Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine and Turkish giant Besiktas. In Group C, La Liga champions Barcelona will meet Manchester City, Scottish side Celtic and Monchengladbach. In Group D, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV and Rostov will square up against each other. In Group E, CSKA Moskva, Leverkusen, Spurs and Monaco will do battle. In Group F, defending champions Real Madrid will take on German side Dortmund, Sporting CP and Legia. In Group G, English Champions Leicester City will face Porto, Club Brugge, and Kobenhavn. Group H contains Serie A champions Juventus, Europa League champions Sevilla, Lyon and Dynamo Zagbreb.
Coach Arsene Wenger will be leading his squad to the continental tournament for an incredible 19th time in a row. Unfortunately, Arsenal have been knocked out in the round of 16 for six years. Some of their surprising losses in recent years include their 4-0 loss to AC Milan in 2012, after a 3-0 win at the Emirates.
Brazilian Robinho and Red Devils summer transfer signing Zlatan Ibrahomivic dealt with the gunners real bad. The 3-0 thumping by Inter Milan would also count. Though Arsenal topped the group, Inter Milan showed their strength at the Emirates. Also, the 3-1 loss at home to Monaco in the 2013/14 season ensured they didn’t finish as group leaders.
Arsenal are set to begin the UCL group stage games in mid-September and it would last till early December. They won just three of eight games last season, losing out to Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate.