I do like it best when we avoid having to play our way into the Champions League. To me, it’s unimaginable that Arsenal would not have a place in Europe’s premier competition and so I’m always worried that there’s a banana skin waiting at this stage.
Last season we breezed past Fenerbahce in the play-offs with Aaron Ramsey scoring two goals in the home leg to finish 5-0 on aggregate.
These are the teams we could face in today’s draw.
Spanish side Athletic Bilbao are in the draw. They finished fourth in La Liga. They were also seeded until Russian side Zenit St Peterburg – who have a higher co-efficient – beat Cypriot side Limassol in the third qualifying round. On paper they are probably the team to avoid.
Arsenal are seeded and so the other unseeded teams that we can be drawn against are FC Copenhagen (Denmark), Lille (France), Besiktas (Turkey) and Standard Liege (Belgium).
The two-legged ties will be played on 19-20 and 26-27 August.
The draw takes place today at 11.00 BST.
MickyDitIt, I believe, is hoping for a trip to Copenhagen although Bilbao would be his second choice.
Whoever it is we meet, I can’t wait to hear the Champions League anthem ringing out around the Emirates Stadium.