The draws scheduled today for Champions League have been done and the groups have been confirmed. The draw was held in Monaca this evening. There were four pots of 8 teams each.
Pot one: Inter Milan, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Lyon
Pot two: Real Madrid, Werder Bremen, AS Roma, Benfica, Valencia, Marseille, Panathinaikos, Shakhthar Donetsk
Pot three: Tottenham, Rangers, Ajax, Schalke, Baskle, SC Braga, FC Copenhagen, Spartak Moscow
Pot four: FC Twente, Rubin Kazan, Auxere, CFR Cluj, MSK Zilina, Bursaspor, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Partisan Belgrade
The groups drawn are
Group A: Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Tottenham, FC Twente
Group B: Lyon, Benfica, Schalke, Hapoel Tel Aviv
Group C: Manchester United, Valencia, Rangers, Bursaspor
Group D: Barcelona, Panathinaikos, Copenhagen, Rubin kazan
Group E: Bayern Munich, AS Roma, Basle, CFR Cluj
Group F: Chelsea, Marseille, Spartak Moscow, MSK Zilina
Group G: AC Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax, Auxerre
Group H: Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk, SC Braga, Partisan Belgrade
Arsenal have been drawn in a fairly decent group. It shouldn’t be much of a problem in qualifying for the next round. Its SC Braga’s first Champions League outing but yes we should not take things for granted. It might get a bit tricky as there is some travelling to do. Arsenal has to travel to Portugal, Serbia and Ukraine for their matches. The thing that concerns me is that after 5 of the group matches we have an away game in the Premier League including matches at Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City. But yes we will deal with them when the time comes.
And finally it has been confirmed by Wenger that we have signed Sebastian Squillaci from Sevilla. He will join training tomorrow but not be available for the Blackburn match. He will be eligible for the Champions League campaign.
Wenger has refused to rule out more signings and we might see a new face before the transfer window closes, hopefully a new keeper.
In other news Bendtner, who is suffering from a groin injury, will be back in three to four weeks along with Nasri who has undergone a knee surgery in the last week.
Our next match is in a couple of days and I will be coming up with the preview tomorrow. Till then!