Arsenal will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga and Partizan Belgrade in Group H of the Champions League this season.

Throughout Arsenal's European campaign, our weekly Euro Watch feature will check on the progress of the Gunners' rivals in their domestic leagues.

Sporting Braga

Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 Sporting Braga
Saturday, November 13
Sporting Braga continued their poor domestic form as they lost 2-1 against Vitoria Guimaraes on Saturday. Domingos Paciência’s side have now dropped to tenth in the Portuguese Liga after their third defeat in just four games. Alan did put Braga ahead after 18 minutes but Maranhao grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half time. Miguel Garcia was the unfortunate man who put into his own net seven minutes from time to condemn Arsenal’s next Champions League opponents to defeat. Arsène Wenger and his side travel to the AXA Stadium on November 23 knowing a point will secure their qualification to the Champions League knockout stages.

Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Metalurh Zaporizhya
Saturday, November 13
Shakhtar Donetsk eventually overcame Metalurh Zaporizhya, the Ukrainian Premier League’s bottom side, 2-1 on Saturday to go ten points clear of nearest rivals Dynamo Kyiv. Luiz Adriano put Mircea Lucescu’s side in front from the penalty spot after 26 minutes before the away team created numerous chances and hit the post prior to half time. Despite that pressure, 19 minutes after the break Marcelo Moreno powerfully headed home to double Shakhtar’s lead. Evgeniy Pisotskiy did pull one back for Metalurh though the Group H side held on.

Partizan Belgrade

FK Partizan 4-1 Javor Ivanjica
Saturday, November 13
Partizan Belgrade won yet again in the Serbian Super Liga on Saturday when they beat Javor Ivanjica 4-1 to record their eighth consecutive domestic victory. Ivica Iliev’s deflected shot gave Arsenal’s Group H rivals the lead six minutes before half time to break Javor’s resilience. Stefan Babovic then poked home from a yard on the hour mark to put Partizan in control and Cleo added a third ten minutes later. Marko Scepovic finished a fine flowing move to seal the win before Goran Gogi headed a consolation in injury time. The Serbian champions, who travel to Emirates Stadium on December 8, remain three points ahead of nearest rivals Crvena Zvezda at the top of the table.

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15 Nov 2010