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Arsenal drawn against Fenerbahce

UEFA Champions League - Arsenal v Fenerbahce

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

Arsene Wenger's side will travel to Sukru Saracoglu Stadium for the first leg on August 21, before hosting the Turkish side at Emirates Stadium six days later.

According to Uefa, the participation of Fenerbahçe and Metalist Kharkiv in the competition is subject to pending disciplinary and CAS proceedings.

Matchday One:Fenerbahçe SK v ArsenalWednesday, August 21Kick Off: 19.45 London Local Time/ 21.45 Istanbul Local Time

Matchday Two:Arsenal v Fenerbahçe SKTuesday, August 27Kick Off: 19.45 London Local Time/ 21.45 Istanbul Local Time

'Non-champions' draw in full:

Lyon v Real SociedadSchalke 04 v FC Metalist KharkivPacos Ferreira v Zenit St PetersburgPSV Eindhoven v AC MilanFenerbahce v ARSENAL

Fenerbahce background:

  • Fenerbahce came second in the Turkish Super Lig last season
  • They beat Salzburg 4-2 on aggregate to qualify for the play-off stage
  • Their ground - the Sukru Saracoglu – has a capacity of 50,509
  • They have won the Turkish league 18 times, most recently in 2010/11
  • New manager Ersun Yanal is an experienced coach in Turkish football who managed a host of other teams before being appointed at Fenerbahce in June. He served as Turkey national team manager in 2004 and 2005
  • Captain Emre Belozoglu played for Newcastle from 2005 to 2008
  • Senegalese striker Moussa Sow has scored 22 goals in 42 league appearances since signing for the club in January 2012

Previous matches against Fenerbahce:

Champions League group stage 2008/09Fenerbahce 2 Arsenal 5Arsenal 0 Fenerbahce 0 European Cup Winners’ Cup first round 1979/80Arsenal 2 Fenerbahce 0Fenerbahce 0 Arsenal 0 Arsenal's previous Champions League qualifying matches:

  • 2011/12: Arsenal 1 Udinese 0 and Udinese 1 Arsenal 2
  • 2009/10: Celtic 0 Arsenal 2 and Arsenal 3 Celtic 1
  • 2008/09: FC Twente 0 Arsenal 2 and Arsenal 4 FC Twente 0
  • 2007/08: Sparta Prague 0 Arsenal 2 and Arsenal 3 Sparta Prague 0
  • 2006/07: Dynamo Zagreb 0 Arsenal 3 and Arsenal 2 Dynamo Zagreb 1