Arsenal once again face a qualifying tie into order to reach the group stages of this years competition.
They will not know their opponents for another month or so, but the shortlist of possible opponents is starting to emerge.
Arsenal will be one of the 10 teams in the ‘non-champions’ section of the draw and as the highest seeded side will face a non-seeded team in a two-legged tie.
Seeded teams in the play-off round:
- FC Porto
- Bayer Leverkusen
Other teams who could qualify for play-off round:
- Zenit (73) – will be seeded if they reach play-off round
- Athletic Bilbao (54) – will be seeded if Zenit do not reach play-off round
- Lille (45)
- Copenhagen (45)
- Standard Liege (38)
- Besiktas (34)
- Dnipro (32)
- Panathinakos (30)
- Feyenoord (13)
- Grasshoppers (9)
- AEL Limassol (7)
The games will be played August 19/20 and 26/27. Sandwiched in between these two ties is a difficult trip to Everton for Arsène Wenger’s side so the Gunners will be hoping for a short trip to someplace like Copenhagen or Standard Liege.
Arsenal will be hoping to avoid the treks to the likes of Besiktas and Dnipro, while Athletic Bilbao and Lille would be potentially the two most difficult opponents.