Arsenal & The Champions League Draw 2012/2013

We’ve started the season off in a drab fashion, and by that I mean 2 draws from 2 games – two 0-0 draws to be exact. Scored none, and conceded none; it’s not all as it seems – the performances have been very solid. The team have played well, defended well, controlled possession, but in both games we failed to score.

With Cazorla pulling the strings and Podolski and Giroud both getting game time, it’s probably a “bedding in period” that has stopped us from picking up the points in the last two games. However, it’s unfortunate, because ideally we wanted to have some sort of continuality to the team rather than rip it apart… However, Arsene’s not had that luxury and the new team means we need time to gel, and what that ends up being is 2 points from 6 against Stoke and Sunderland and now we’re off to Liverpool away.

There was a lot of talk out of the Arsenal camp about having a good start to push us forward, but it looks like it’s not materialised and yet again we’re on catch up – it’s going to be a tough next period with Liverpool away next, followed by a spritely Southampton at home, before we start our two games a week regime with the return of the Champions League.

The Champions League Draw

The draw is this Thursday, 30th August 2012, is the group stage draw and there are quite a few interesting teams involved. There are still 10 games to be played tomorrow and Wednesday and the winners of the following two-legged games will join forces with the current 22 teams…

  • Hapoel Kiryat
    Shmona FC v FC BATE Borisov (0-2)
  • RSC Anderlecht v AEL Limassol FC (1-2)
  • NK Maribor v GNK Dinamo Zagreb (1-2)
  • Udinese Calcio v SC Braga (1-1)
  • Panathinaikos FC v Málaga CF (0-2)
  • CFR 1907 Cluj v FC Basel 1893 (2-1)
  • Celtic FC v Helsingborgs IF (2-0)
  • Fenerbahçe SK v FC Spartak Moskva (1-2)
  • FC Dynamo Kyiv v VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (3-1)
  • LOSC Lille Métropole v FC København (0-1)

The current 22 are pretty much in order of co-efficient, although Barcelona have the highest co-efficient, Chelsea are seeded first out of the first pot, as they are the current champions…

The first pot / top eight are:

  • Chelsea FC (ENG)
  • FC Barcelona (ESP)
  • Manchester United FC (ENG)
  • FC Bayern München (GER)
  • Real Madrid CF (ESP)
  • Arsenal FC (ENG)
  • FC Porto (POR)
  • AC Milan (ITA)

The second pot is:

  • Valencia CF (ESP)
  • SL Benfica (POR)
  • FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
  • FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)
  • FC Schalke 04 (GER)
  • Manchester City FC (ENG)
  • Olympiacos FC (GRE)
  • AFC Ajax (NED)

The third pot is a very interesting one as it’s got Juventus, PSG and Dortmund in it… and two winners from the games above…

  • Juventus (ITA)
  • Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
  • Galatasaray A? (TUR)
  • Borussia Dortmund (GER)
  • Montpellier Hérault SC (FRA)
  • FC Nordsjælland (DEN)

So, what’s the hardest group we could get?

Arsenal, Valencia, PSG, Dynamo Kiev would be a very tough one… Thanks to the home rules, we can’t face Man City and both Valencia and Malaga – but one of the Italian teams, say Inter could also get Man City, PSG and Malaga in their group, which could be a really exciting one…

What’s the easiest group… Arsenal,  Olympiacos, FC Nordsjælland and FC BATE Borisov. I’d take that any day!

So instead of worrying about the Liverpool game, or who we will sign, we can watch tomorrow’s and Wednesday’s action and Thursday’s draw…

  • fred

    Moussa Dembele is a quality player.
    Moussa Dembele was MOTM at OT.
    Dembele is an outstanding tackler, with great close control.
    Moussa Dembele has PL experience.
    He also has a buyout clause of £15 mil.

    Why the fuck has Le Clown not signed him? He plays centre mid. He’s class.
    He even speaks French!!!

    Ah well. Leave it to Gilles Grimandi, the idiot scout that gave us Gervinho for £12 mil, Giroud for £12 mil and decided to wait a year before overpaying for Koscielny, even though the year before Lorient had nabbed him for just £2 mil…

  • Hard Ogura

    GROUP 2, going to Spain (Valencia), Portugal( Benifica) and Germany ( Schalke) are hard to take.
    GROUP 3, Italy (Juve) and PSG are also bad
    While the last group, Udinese and Malaga would also be hard to take for Arsenal

  • MasterJ

    I believe the game at Liverpool is going to be a different one because we are going to be looked at as a team that’s not been able to score a goal in our previous two matches, therefore as underdogs going into this match, we have the opportunity to take our chance and pick up from there.

    I just have the feelings that we are going to pick up against Liverpool