The Champions League group stage draw is set to take place tomorrow, Thursday 27th August, at 4:45pm (UK time), in Monaco, where Arsenal find themselves in Pot 2 with the potential to be drawn in one of their toughest groups to date.
So now you know all the details, but where can you watch it? Sky Sports News of course. OR you could just read your twitter feed and the endless people tweeting updates in real-time.
Unfortunately due to the changes made by UEFA, Arsenal will be in Pot 2 this year for the first time in a while. As will fellow English sides, Manchester City and Manchester United (should they beat Club Brugge tonight). This comes down to the regulation changes that have been made to the draw to benefit each association’s “Champions”.
The new regulations take into consideration the clubs domestic form instead of European, as it used to be, much to the annoyance of Wenger, who has consistency of getting to the knockout stages (and then knocked out) down to a t. He will certainly be moaning about this new structure, if he isn’t right this second, especially if it results in our downfall.
Regardless of Wenger or anyone else’s opinion though, it is formatted in this way.
Pot 1 will consist of the Champions from the seven top leagues around Europe. These are considered to be the English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Russian leagues. With the eighth spot being given to Holland. (It may be that this eighth country is up for change on a yearly basis).
As usual, teams from the same country cannot face each other in this round.
So Arsenal will be drawn against one of the Champions, which they are mostly used to having the benefit of avoiding. The Manchester clubs would have all of the same options for the draw as Arsenal too. While Chelsea could still be presented with a difficult team from Pot 2, with both Madrid’s amongst other top sides in there.
Who will they face?
In POT 1 there is, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris-Saint Germain, Benfica, Zenit St. Petersburg, Chelsea and PSV Eindhoven
In POT 2 with Arsenal, we have Manchester City, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, FC Porto, Valencia and two of Manchester United, Shaktar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Sevilla.
In POT 3: Olympiakos, Galatasaray, Lyon, Dynamo Kiev, Roma, and 3 from Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla, Sporting Lisbon, CSKA Moscow, Lazio, Bruges, APOEL, BATE.
And finally in POT 4: Borussia Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Gent, Malmo and 2 from APOEL, BATE, Partizan, Astana.
The exact pots will be confirmed after tonights qualifiers, once we know who is through, it will also enable the teams to be ranked based on their UEFA Coefficient. This is why Shaktar Donetsk could be in pot 2 or 3 for example, despite having already qualified.
4:45pm – Thursday 27th August