Arsenal will face Besiktas in the play-off round of the Champions League.

Arsène Wenger's side will travel to Turkey for the first leg on August 19, before hosting the Turkish side at Emirates Stadium on August 27.

Matchday 1

Besiktas v Arsenal
Tuesday, August 19
Kick-off: 21.45 local time (19.45 UK time)
To be played at Ataturk Olimpic Stadium, Turkey

Matchday 2

Arsenal v Besiktas
Wednesday, August 27
Kick-off: 19:45 UK time
To be played at Emirates Stadium

Champions League play-off draw:

Maribor v Celtic
Salzburg v Malmo
Aalborg v Apoel
Steaua Bucharest v Ludogorets
Slovan Bratislava v BATE Borisov
Besiktas v Arsenal
Standard Liege v Zenit
Copenhagen v Bayer Leverkusen
Lille v FC Porto
Napoli v Athletic Bilbao

Five facts about Besiktas

  • This is the first time Arsenal and Besiktas will face each other in a competitive match
  • Former Gunner Oguzhan Ozyakup now plays for the Turkish side
  • Besiktas finished third in the Turkish Super Lig last season, 12 points behind champions Fenerbache
  • The Turkish side are coached by former West Ham and Everton defender Slaven Bilic
  • Besiktas have never progressed further than the Champions League group stage


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8 Aug 2014