Date: 27th August 2009 at 6:27pm
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The draw for the group stages of the Champions League were made this afternoon, seeing the mighty Gunners get a very favourable draw indeed.

With Arsenal being one of the top seeded teams there stood a very real possibility of drawing some of the biggest teams in Europe with the likes of Real Madrid & Inter Milan only seeded in the second pot.

The Gunners overcame all those hurdles and were paired with AZ Alkmar, Olympiakos and Standard Liege.

The old adage goes that there are no easy games in the Champions League, but Arsenal must certainly be favorites to go through.

We can also be thankful for the geography of the draw, now I didn’t do that well in geography at school but if I remember rightly Olympiakos will be the furthest tie when Arsenal travel to Greece.


Draw in full:

Group A: Bayern Munich, Juventus, Bordeaux, Maccabi Haifa.
Group B: Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Besiktas, Wolfsburg.
Group C: AC Milan, Real Madrid, Marseille, FC Zurich.
Group D: Chelsea, Porto, Atletico Madrid, APOEL Nicosia.
Group E: Liverpool, Lyon, Fiorentina, Debreceni.
Group F: Barcelona, Inter Milan, Dynamo Kiev, Rubin Kazan.
Group G: Sevilla, Rangers, Stuttgart, Unirea Urziceni.
Group H: Arsenal, AZ Alkmaar, Olympiakos, Standard Liege.