Arsenal get Besiktas in Champions League

UEFA Champions League - Arsenal v Besiktas

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

Arsene 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 ArsenalTuesday, August 19Kick-off: 21.45 local time (19.45 UK time)To be played at Ataturk Olimpic Stadium, Turkey Matchday 2 Arsenal v BesiktasWednesday, August 27Kick-off: 19:45 UK timeTo be played at Emirates Stadium

Champions League play-off draw:

Maribor v CelticSalzburg v MalmoAalborg v ApoelSteaua Bucharest v LudogoretsSlovan Bratislava v BATE BorisovBesiktas v ArsenalStandard Liege v ZenitCopenhagen v Bayer LeverkusenLille v FC PortoNapoli v Athletic BilbaoFive 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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