Arsenal face Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifier

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Well there is plenty for Arsene Wenger to mull over after it was confirmed that Arsenal will play Fenerbahce in the Champions league qualification tie.

The first leg will be played on the 20th August in Turkey with the following leg on the 27th at The Emirates.

At least the club managed to avoid the nightmare ties of PSV Eindhoven. Any trip to Turkey is a difficult one and there will be a few familiar players for the Gunners to re-acquaint themselves with in the guise of Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles.

But it should be a tie that Arsenal will win. I bet one Luis Suarez will be watching the game very closely.

Interestingly should Fenerbahce progress they might still not reach the group stages as they were handed a two-year European ban by UEFA over domestic match-fixing in June. They re-admitted to the competition pending an appeal at CAS, but if they lose the appeal they will be eliminated. Could this mean that Arsenal still sneak through even if they lose?

The last time Arsenal played the Turkish side was in 2008 when a 5-2 away win for the Gunners was followed by a 0-0 draw at the Emirates.