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Arsenal Draw Shakhtar As Eduardo Comes Home

The draw for this season's Champions League competition has been made with the mighty Gunners being in the thick of it.

The draw see's former Arsenal favorite Eduardo Da Silva heading home after only just moving to Shaktar Donesk in the Summer.

The rest of Arsenal's group is made up of Braga from Portugal and Partizan Belgrade Serbian champions. There are no easy ties in the Champions League, but that's about as good as we could have hoped for.

The draw in full:

Group A
Inter Milan
Werder Bremen
Tottenham Hotspur
FC Twente

Group B
Lyon
Benfica
FC Shalke
Hapoel Tel-Aviv


Group C
Man United
Valencia
Rangers
Bursaspor

Group D
Barcelona
Panathanikos
FC Copenhagen
Rubin Kazan

Group E
Bayern Munich
Roma
Basel
CFR Cluj

Group F
Chelsea
Marseille
Spartak Moscow
Zilina

Group G
AC Milan
Real Madrid
Ajax
Auxerre

Group H
Arsenal

Shaktar Donetsk
Braga
Partizan Belgrade




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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 26 2010

Time: 6:00PM

Your Comments

Hmmm, odd things going on with the text there. It'll be sorted in 2 minutes.
Rocky7
There's odd things going on with the text there. You should sort it out
Phartman87
Trips to Braga and Shakhtar would be tough. The return of Eddie will be emotional for everyone involved. Otherwise, should come throught the group easily. Group G looks fun: Milan, real and ajax would be great to watch
Eboue=GOD
Not bad at all. If we can't progress from that group something is wrong.
Wyn Mills
Agree with Eboue = GOD. Trips away to Braga and Shaktar will be potential banana skins especially as we seem to struggle when playing in Ukraine or Russia, but nevertheless, I am quitely confident we should get through. Will be wonderful to see Eddy back at the Grove. Just hope he doesnt score the winner against us and only scores a consolation goal!! :-)
True-Gooner-Blood
think man u will have a torrid time! I particularly do not favour us travelling to far away places, but in Arsene We Trust
e dubbz
Grrr.Easy draw. good luck ,though.
DubaiSpur
once again the Gooners get the softest group up there. Who you mugs paying off to get the charmin ultra group every year? See you in the knockout round.
YankeeSpur23
We have been pretty fortunate in recent years. I'm not complaining though!
gunnerkid107
Well Arsenal, ManU, and Chel$ki should be happy with their draws. I am still torn whether A or G is the group of death, so I almost feel pity for Spuds (but I think that is more the fear of what they are going to do to England's coefficient).
Bergkamp4Life
Yankee Spur .... that's what happens when you are consistent in Europe and prove yourself .... the amateur mugs have to tough it out for a while. An no, we won't see you in the knockout rounds because we won't be in the UEFA Cup after the group stages ;)
Rocky7
YankeeSpur, when you've completed a few european campaigns perhaps you might find out.
Wyn Mills
I was hoping for FC Twente
Arseniger
Eduardo has recorded 2 goals in 3 matches played.
Arseniger
Rocky - I'd take offence if anyone else said that but tbh that's probably the nicest thing an arsenal fan has ever said about us. I'm welling up here...
Phartman87
I don't think we really used Eduardo in the way that suited his game. Hes always thrived on knock downs in the box, not pass and move.
Wyn Mills
Welcome Back Dudu !!! :D
Malaysian_GunnerZ
Just when will the gooners lose that lucky tag? I think Spurs have a good chance of making the ko stages.
Clive 49
I don't see what's lucky about it Clive? We've earned our status as a number one seed, so they can't go around giving us the top teams. If you have a susstained run in the CL and climb the co-efficients will you say that you're just being lucky when it comes to the draw? I doubt it very much.
Rocky7
Lucky is being seeded in the qualifiers due to the performances of 2 of the clubs you hate most, not 1 thank you either, tut tut.
iceman10
Just saw this on twitter from a gooner: "Miles to travel: #Arsenal: 3181m, #Chelsea: 3019m, #Man Utd: 2875m, #Spurs: 1292m. Not ideal given AFC's league games after CL fixtures."
jaelle
The Spuds were 0.6 pts away from having a good enough co efficient to get into Pot 2. So if 'Arry would've taken your WAFFA Cup tie against Shakthar seriously last year, you'd have had a better draw. As for us, considering we're top seeds and thus would expect to get beatable teams, this draw is a bad one. Lots of long journeys. Consider the fact that we have to go to the Bodge, Old Trafford and Sunderland after our CL group games this year. Will be good to see Eduardo again though.
Little Dutch
The Spuds were 0.6 pts away from having a good enough co efficient to get into Pot 2. So if 'Arry would've taken your WAFFA Cup tie against Shakthar seriously last year, you'd have had a better draw. As for us, considering we're top seeds and thus would expect to get beatable teams, this draw is a bad one. Lots of long journeys. Consider the fact that we have to go to the Bodge, Old Trafford and Sunderland after our CL group games this year. Will be good to see Eduardo again though.
Little Dutch
Also, Arsenal have never won away in any competition in any of the three countries that they have to visit in Group H.
jaelle
Home wins against all three teams is possible. Our away record in the CL is improving and I fancy our chances again. Fatigue and the hectic PL schedule is the biggest concern though.
Deltaforce
http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/34237/champions-league-group-h-fixtures-released I'll do Braga, can't do Belgrade, you'd have to pay me to go back to Ukraine!
Little Dutch
Cant do Belgrade because your busy or because you want to come back alive
paul_ownz
Bit of both! Knew I couldn't do that week cos of work, but given that I can only really afford one of those trips, I'd rather go somewhere where I won't get my face kicked off.
Little Dutch
Braga facts: Portuguese team with 14 Brazilians - very organized defensively, hard to break down - Lima is a very effective striker, usually lethal
jaelle
I understand and for that reason i wont go to the Ukraine either. I will too go to Braga, apparantly the fans are known as the arsenalistas because they have the same kit as us. Wiki also says "they have been known as Arsenal do Minho and changed their kits from green-and-white hoops to their Arsenal-style red in 1920 when their then-coach Jozef Szabo, following a trip to England and Highbury, ordered the club to adopt new colours to establish their own identity".
paul_ownz
Ukraine's tame fan wise, the Kyiv fans were good as gold with us. But the people are quite cold when you're doing the touristy thing- not that there's anything really to see. Kyiv set me back about a grand all in a couple of years back and I've just had my pay frozen for 2 years and my annual bonus halved, so it's a no go this year!
Little Dutch
I thought I was there first but TGB was there before me; we just knew it was going to happen. http://www.arsenal.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=519574
gronedrone
I've missed the Ukraine before so will definitely be going this time, while I have the chance. Looking forward to Braga also but steering WELL clear of Belgrade.
Cockney Rich
A good draw for you guys minus the travelling.
TheFamousNo7
We get lucky draws in CL but one can say that about Chelsea in recent FA cup and Carling cup draws as well. anyway no complaints here...I just wanted to avoid madrid and the russian teams
anonymous
partizan belgrade ooh.
Uskok
Beware the curse of the ex-player is all I can say.
fifthcolumnblue
True FCB, you would know all about that curse having shipped a lot of your squad members to other clubs.
Deltaforce
Belgrade will be fine IMO, Braga looks to be a bore fest trip to Porto again, watched them play Sevilla other night - definitely beatable if we don't make individual GK errors - that's us ****ed then!
shewore
We've got Squilaci!
navydave
If Fulham can do it so can you!
Vanilla Ice
After doing a bit of research everywhere i have read says it is really safe now appart from pick pockets which you get everywhere. Obviously dont flash your cash and mobiles etc. Its has also been voted number 1 city for nightlife by the times and lonely planet. I may go after all
paul_ownz
Make the most of your last season in the champions league.
Mart61
navydave: you can get a cream for that.
Mart61
Mart, stop farting.
Deltaforce
haha, OK
Mart61
Eduardo is looking forward to playing against former club Arsenal -sky sports. "It will be fantastic for me to come back to a club I will always love and respect, to see all my old team-mates and to play again in front of the best fans in England." The feeling is mutual,Eduardo
Sajit
"The best fans in England." LOL
Clive 49
 

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