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 2-3 Beira Mar Aveiro
Saturday, November 6
Braga had a disappointing weekend as they slumped to a 3-2 home defeat against Beira Mar Aveiro on Saturday. Arsenal’s next opponents in the Champions League went three goals down before staging a late comeback though eventually went down to a surprise loss against the mid-table side. Leandro Tatu put Beira ahead when he headed home a free kick after 24 minutes and the Group H side again conceded from a set piece when Ronny headed home seven minutes after the break. As Braga pushed to get back into the game Ronny made it three on 69 minutes when he fired under Felipe. Meyong Ze pulled one back from the penalty spot 14 minutes from the end and Lima set up a grandstand finish with a stunning curling effort from outside the area as the clock ticked into injury time. Domingos Paciência’s side couldn’t find an equaliser and defeat means they drop to seventh in the Portuguese Liga table. Arsenal travel to the AXA Stadium on November 23 knowing a point will secure their qualification to the Champions League knockout stages.
Kryvbas 0-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
Saturday, November 6
After Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk returned to league action with a 2-0 away victory over Kryvbas on Saturday. Eduardo was again among the scorers as Mircea Lucescu’s side moved eight points clear of nearest rivals Dynamo Kyiv at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League. The former Arsenal man scored a stunning opener when he spectacularly volleyed from just inside the area on the stroke of half time. Jadson doubled the lead a minute from time when he fired into the top corner and with Dynamo Kyiv losing they now sit in a commanding position at the summit of the table.
BSK Borca 0-3 FK Partizan
Sunday, November 7
Partizan Belgrade continued their impressive domestic form with a 3-0 win against BSK Borca on Sunday. Marco Scepovic fired the opener after ten minutes and that’s the way it stayed until four minutes from the end when Radoslav Petrovic headed home from close range. Moreira then added a third in stoppage time as they stay three points ahead of nearest rivals Crvena Zvezda.