Date: 24th August 2006 at 6:09pm
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Arsenal have been given a draw that most would consider straight forward however there are potential banana skin’s in this years competition.

The age old saying goes that there are no easy games in football, and while our games in this years group stages of the UEFA Champions League are not the most dangerous teams we have ever faced, there will still be some tricky ties.

I fully expect Arsenal to win all their home games, however trips to Moscow, Porto and Hamburg will all have hazzards of their own. I mean who fancies going to Moscow in the middle of winter?

By far the worst team we could have drawn in the group was a Hamburg side that are firmly on the up and have made some significant signings this summer. There were far more fanciable teams in that fourth pot.

So to sum up, the Gunners are expected to progress but I wouldn’t expect them to win every game.

Group Stage Draw In Full.

Group A
Barcelona
Chelsea
Werder Bremen
Levski Sofia

Group B
Internazionale
Bayern Munich
Sporting Lisbon
Spartak Moscow

Group C
Liverpool
PSV Eindhoven
Bordeaux
Galatasary

Group D
Valencia
Roma
Olympiakos
Shaktar Donestk

Group E
Real Madrid
Lyon
Steaua Bucharest
Dinamo Kiev

Group F
Manchester United
Celtic
Benfica
Copenhagen

Group G
Arsenal

Porto
CSKA Moscow
Hamburg

Group H
Milan
Lille
AEK Athens
Anderlecht