Arsenal: Gunners handed tough Euro assignment

Arsenal are set to face Turkish side Fenerbahce Champions League

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Arsenal are set to face Turkish side Fenerbahce in the play-off round of Champions League, while the tie of round sees PSV Eindhoven take on AC Milan.

The Gunners, having finished fourth in the Premier League last season, will need to beat the Turkish runners-up over two legs to reach the group stage.

Fenerbahce’s participation in the competition remains in doubt, after originally being banned from European competition for two years, only for them to appeal the decision.

Uefa have said no decision has been made yet regarding what would happen in the event of Fenerbahce winning the tie against Arsenal and losing their appeal.

Arsene Wenger’s men are due to face the Istanbul-based outfit in the first leg on either August 20 or 21, with the return leg a week later on either August 27 or 28.

The last time the two teams met was in the 2008-09 Champions League group stages, when the Gunners won 5-2 in Turkey with the return fixture at the Emirates finishing in a goalless draw.

Meanwhile, seven-time champions AC Milan face an intriguing two-legged clash against 1999 winners PSV Eindhoven.

The Dutch outfit have not been in Europe’s top club competition since 2008-09, but will be hoping to pull off an upset against a Milan team who came so close to defeating Barcelona in last year’s tournament.

Elsewhere, 2009-10 semi-finalists Lyon will come up against La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, while German giants Schalke take on FC Metalist Kharkiv. After seeing off Elfsborg in the second qualifying round, Scottish champions Celtic face Kazakhstan champions Shakhter Karagandy.

Full Draw:

Dinamo Zagreb v FK Austria Vienna
Ludogorets v Basle
Plzen v Maribor
Shakhtyor Karaganda v Celtic
Steaua Bucuresti v Legia Warsaw
Lyon v Real Sociedad
Schalke 04 v FC Metalist Kharkiv
Pacos Ferreira v Zenit St Petersburg
PSV v AC Milan
Fenerbahce v Arsenal

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