Thursday, August 4, 2011

Arsenal set for Champions League draw

Arsenal's fourth-place finish in the 2010/11 Premier League means they will enter this season's Champions League in the Play-Off Round.
Arsène Wenger's side must win a two-legged tie to take their place in the Group Stage.

The draw for the Play-Off Round is on Friday and the matches will be played either side of the second weekend of the Premier League campaign - the first leg is scheduled for August 16 or 17 with the second leg on August 23 or 24

Possible opponents
So who could Arsenal face in the Champions League Play-Off? This is where it gets more complicated.

There will be 20 teams in the Play-Off Round but they are split into two sections - champions and non-champions. As non-champions, Arsenal cannot face a side that won its domestic title in 2010/11.
Rubin Kazan, Udinese, Odense, Twente or FC Zürich.
Here is a list of ground capacities at our prospective Champions League opponents (venue subject to confirmation):
Twente - 24,000
Rubin Kazan - 30,000
FC Zurich - 23,000
Udinese - 30,000
Odense - 14,000

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