Champions League draw: What are the best and worst worst case scenarios for Arsenal?
Who will Arsene Wenger be hoping to see come out of the hat?
The draw for the group stage of the Champions League is taking place on Thursday and Arsenal will be among those involving after defeating Besiktas in the qualifier.
Arsenal will not be able to face a side from the same country - which rules out meetings with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. But that still leaves plenty of sides to avoid.
They are guaranteed to face one of Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, PSG, Shakhtar Donetsk, Basel or Zenit St Petersburg from Pot 2.
The sides to avoid from Pot 2 are 2012 finalists and German giants Borussia Dortmund, Italian champion Juventus and mega-rich French champions PSG.
Pot 3 - in which Liverpool are placed - includes Ajax, Sporting Lisbon and Galatasaray.
Gareth Bale lifts the Champions League trophy aloft
Even Pot 4 comprises some incredible teams. Monaco might have lost James Rodriguez but the big-spending side retain some incredible talents - not least Radamel Falcao. Ashley Cole's Roma side are also among the fourth seeds.
Possible scenarios Arsenal will want to avoid...
Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Roma
Juventus, Sporting Lisbon and Monaco
PSG, Galatasaray and Roma
Worst possible group scenario for Arsenal
Arsenal, Paris St-Germain, Ajax, Roma
It might turn out better than that though for Arsenal should they be involved in the draw. These are a couple of the more favourable draws...
Basel, CSKA Moscow and Maribor
Zenit St Petersburg, Olympiakos and BATE Borisov
Best possible group scenario for Arsenal
Arsenal, Basel, Sporting, Maribor
You will be able to follow all the latest news with our live blog of the draw tomorrow.
Pot 1: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Porto
Pot 2: Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk, Basel, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Manchester City
Pot 3: Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, Liverpool, Sporting CP, Galatasaray, Athletic Bilbao
Pot 4: Anderlecht, Roma, APOEL, BATE Borisov, Ludogorets Razgrad, Maribor, Monaco, Malmo FF
Latest in Sport
- 1 All Blacks Aaron Cruden misses New Zealand flight after drinking session, has brilliant excuse
- 2 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': TV reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Alicia Keys leaks nude photo 'to create a kinder and more peaceful world'
- 5 Clothes store Joy angers mental health campaigners with Twitter exchange on bipolar disorders
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God