Arsenal face Fenerbahce in Champions League qualifier

Arsenal FC Versus Fenerbache

Arsenal have been drawn against Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in the play-off round of the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s side will play the Istanbul club, who were runners-up in the Turkish Super Lig last season, later this month.

The Gunners will play in Turkey at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium on either 20 or 21 August, with the return leg at the Emirates a week later.

A number of ex-Premier League players currently play for Fenerbahce, like former Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt and ex-Chelsea ace Raul Meireles.

Fenerbahce, currently coached by Ersun Yanal, have been in turmoil off the pitch after alleged match-fixing. They were banned in June from Uefa competition for two years after a lengthy inquiry following the scandal in 2011.But the sanction was temporarily lifted by last month, allowing the club to enter the Champions League qualifying rounds.

They are currently awaiting a date at the Court of Arbitration of Sport, where they intend to fight the suspension.A CAS decision is expected before the draw for the group stage is made on August 29.

The two clubs are no strangers in the Champions League. They faced each other back in 2008 in Group G with Arsenal notching an impressive 5-2 away win and drawing 0-0 at the Emirates.

The Gunners are looking to reach their 15th consecutive appearance in the group stages.

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