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Arsenal draw Udinese in the Champions League play-off

Arsenal have been stuck with an extremely hard draw in the play-off round for the Champions League, after the were drawn to play against cavalier Italian side Udinese. The Bianconeri, who last year wowed Serie A with their carefree attacking football, will be a tough test for the Gunners, who haven't reinforced their squad this summer and who are still dealing with two want-away central midfielder; Cesc Fabregas and Sami Nasri.

However it's not all black for the Londoners, as Udinese have suffered the loss of last year's most exciting young player Alexis Sanchez, once a target for rivals Chelsea. Without him they will be lacking some of the bite they had last season, but it all depends on how solid Arsenal's defence will be in the face of such a mad side: take a look at their 4-4 draw away (video below) at AC Milan last year, for instance.

Champions League play-off draw Champions route
  • Wisla Krakow v Apoel
  • Maccabi Haifa v Genk
  • Dinamo Zagreb v Malmo
  • FC Copenhagen v Viktoria Plzen
  • Bate Borisov v Sturm Graz
League route
  • Odense v Villarreal
  • FC Twente v Benfica
  • Arsenal v Udinese
  • Bayern Munich v Zurich
  • Lyon v Rubin Kazan

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