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Arsenal may be guaranteed Champions League group stage.



Arsenal play a tough Fenerbahce team in Turkey on Wednesday, with the return leg in London set for Tuesday, August 27. With the current state of the team this match up could go either way.

However, prior to Wednesday's match, Fener will have a hearing for match fixing which could carry a ban from European action. From ESPN FC:

"The club's appeal will be heard on August 20, when Arsenal travel to Istanbul, and on August 21, before a verdict is announced on August 28 -- the day after the second leg of the tie."

espnfc.com Link

There is precident for a case like this, just this year in fact. Metalist Khrakiv had a similar case for match fixing and recieved a 2 year ban. After beating PAOK in the last round, PAOK were instead advanced to play Schalke in place of Metalist Khrakiv.

It is entirely possible (and perhaps likely) that Fenerbache will lose their case and be banned from UEFA competition, leaving Arsenal to advance to the group stage regardless of results on the field.

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