Arsenal have been handed the toughest draw for the play-offs of the UEFA Champions League. The Gunners will face Turkish side Fenerbahce in the two legged playoff.
Arsenal might be allowed to go through to the group stage, even if they lose the tie, if Fenerbahce’s ban is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Fenerbahce had been banned for match fixing by UEFA.The Turkish side appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who suspended the ban pending further investigation and a hearing, which will take place after the second leg of the playoffs is over.
Arsenal might be given a bye into the group stage, if they lose the tie, or they might have to play another playoff round with Red Bull Salzburg, who were beaten by Fenerbahce in the previous round, the Austrian side ready to press their advantage to try to get a chance to get into the Champions League. This might reduce the pressure on the Gunners to beat the Turkish side, but it might go against Arsenal, if the ban is rescinded.
Meanwhile, Arsenal goalkeeper, Damian Martinez has revealed that Luis Suarez is indeed Arséne Wenger’s principal transfer target, saying that Wenger wants him more than he wants anybody else. Wenger has reiterated his desire to come to an amicable conclusion with Liverpool over the transfer of Suarez, while Brendan Rodgers continues to accuse Arsenal of ‘lacking class’.
Arsenal won their last pre season friendly against Manchester City, by a margin of 2 goals, the final score being 3-1. It was a bit unexpected, with Manchester City firm favourites to win, after Arsenal failed to win any of their Emirates Cup games, while Manchester City have spent around £90m this summer on acquisitions like Alvaro Negredo, who scored City’s only goal, and was named City’s man of the match, while Theo Walcott was named Arsenal’s MOM. Walcott, Ramsey and Giroud all scored for the Gunners, with the Frenchman scoring his 8th goal this pre season.