Arsenal handed tough tie in Champions League playoffs

Harold Cunningham

Arsenal will have to beat Turkish side Fenerbahçe if they're to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

Arsenal face a tough task against Turkish runners-up Fenerbahçe in the most notable tie of the Champions League playoff draw. Elsewhere, AC Milan will have to beat PSV Eindhoven if they're to qualify, while Lyon's fixture against Real Sociedad also looks an intriguing prospect. Here's the full draw:

Champions route (progressed through the third qualifying round)

GNK Dinamo Zagreb v FK Austria Wien 
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad v FC Basel 1893
FC Viktoria Plzeň v NK Maribor
FC Shakhter Karagandy v Celtic FC
FC Steaua Bucureşti v Legia Warszawa

League route

Olympique Lyonnais v Real Sociedad de Fútbol
FC Schalke 04 v FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)
FC Paços de Ferreira v FC Zenit St Petersburg
PSV Eindhoven v AC Milan
Fenerbahçe SK v Arsenal FC

It's worth noting that Arsenal and Schalke will be crossing their fingers for automatic progression, given that Fenerbahçe and Metalist Kharkiv's participation in the competition is subject to disciplinary proceedings in match-fixing cases. Fener's hearing is expected to take place on the 28th August.

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