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.

Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Vorskla
Saturday, October 23
Shakhtar Donetsk, Arsenal’s next opponents in the Champions League, beat Vorskla 1-0 on Saturday to stay top of the Ukrainian Premier League. Alex Teixeira scored the only goal of the game 12 minutes into the second half when he thundered home a stunning 25-yard strike. The win leaves Mircea Lucescu’s side five points clear of nearest rivals Dynamo Kyiv. Arsenal travel to the Donbass Arena on November 3 to face the Ukrainian champions with the Gunners knowing a win will guarantee qualification to the knockout stages.

Partizan Belgrade

Crvena Zvezda 0-1 FK Partizan
Saturday, October 23
Partizan Belgrade won 1-0 against city rivals Crvena Zvezda in a crucial top-of-the-table-clash on Saturday. Going into the game Arsenal’s group H rivals were three points behind league leaders Zvezda, though the derby win moves Aleksandar Stanojević’s side level on points with their neighbours at the top of the Serbian Super Liga. Almami Samori da Silva Moreira scored the only goal of the game after just six minutes when he was left with the easiest of finishes after a mix-up in the Zvezda defence. In a feisty game in Belgrade, Partizan created numerous chances but failed to increase their lead. The two teams from the Serbian capital now have 22 points after nine games of the season. Partizan currently sit bottom of Arsenal’s Champions League group after losing their opening three fixtures.

Sporting Braga

Sporting Braga 3-1 Olhanense
Saturday, October 23
Sporting Braga came from behind to win 3-1 against Olhanense on Saturday. They went a goal down four minutes before the break when Maurício Fernandes headed home from a free kick. José Márcio Da Costa got Braga back on level terms with a left-footed effort from outside the area four minutes into the second half. Domingos Paciência’s side then went ahead after 56 minutes when Lima somehow found the net from an almost impossible angle. Lima made the game safe with his second seven minutes later and the win leaves Braga fourth in the Portuguese Liga, five points behind leaders Porto.

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25 Oct 2010