The draw for the group stage of The UEFA Champions League has just taken place in Monaco.
Arsenal were In pot 1 and were drawn in group D alongside Borussia Dortmund from pot 2, Galatasaray from pot 3 and Anderlecht from pot 4
Dortmund : Like Arsenal, Dortmund already have a piece of Silverware to their name this season after defeating Bayern in the German equivalent of the Community Shield. They lost their world class striker Robert Lewandowski to Bayern in the summer but still have plenty of talent in their side with Marco Reus as their star player. Dortmund fans are also known as the best fans in the world so we should expect, as we experienced last year, an unbelievable atmosphere.
Galatasaray : The Turkish side finished runner up last season in the Turkish League to Fernebache but were victorious in the domestic cup. They lost the Turkish Super Cup on penalties again to Fernebache this season. Arsenal qualified through to the group stages by beating a turkish side and we know how hostile and difficult away games in Turkey can be. It will be difficult, but I think that, since they lost their talisman Didier Drogba to Chelsea, they won’t be as strong and we can beat them in both legs.
Anderlecht: Belgium league winner 2013/2014, Anderlecht are a rather unknown quantity, but were extremely poor in Europe last year. They ended up getting one point from their 6 Champions league games. I fancy Arsenal to win very comfortably against this side.
All us Arsenal fans know that we never get an easy group and this year has again proven that. Travelling to places like Dortmund and Galatasaray is a very hard task and it will be very tough for Arsenal to qualify in this group.
I think that, although this group is a tough one, we will have enough to finish first in our group this year and hopefully not get drawn against a Bayern or a Barcelona in the next round.
1st- Arsenal, 2nd -Borussia Dortmund, 3rd- Galatasaray, 4th-Anderlecht.
The draw in full
Group A: Atlético Madrid Juventus Olympiakos Malmö FF
Group B: Real Madrid FC Basel Liverpool Ludogorets
Group C: Benfica Zenit Saint Petersburg Bayer Leverkusen AS Monaco
Group D: Arsenal Borussia Dortmund Galatasaray Anderlecht
Group E: Bayern Munich Manchester City CSKA Moscow AS Roma
Group F: Barcelona Paris Saint-Germain Ajax APOEL FC
Group G: Chelsea FC Schalke Sporting Lisbon NK Maribor
Group H: Porto Shakhtar Donetsk Athletic Bilbao BATE Borisov