UEFA Champions League group stage draw: open thread

Nice tie - Harold Cunningham

Arsenal will shortly find out their opponents in the Champions League group stage, with the draw taking place in Monaco tonight

After dispatching Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League qualifier two nights ago (who just got expelled from the Europa League and all European competitions next season for their match-fixing issues), Arsenal will watch closely to see who they draw in the 2013/14 group stage.  Below are the clubs in each of their respective pots:

Pot 1:

Bayern Munich
Barcelona
Chelsea
Real Madrid
Manchester United
Arsenal
Porto
Benfica

Pot 2:

Atletico Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk
AC Milan
FC Schalke 04
Marseille
CSKA Moscow
PSG
Juventus

Pot 3:

Zenit St. Petersburg
Manchester City
Ajax
Borussia Dortmund
FC Basel
Olympiacos 
Galatasaray
Bayer Leverkusen

Pot 4:

FC Copenhagen
Napoli
Anderlecht
Celtic
Steaua Bucharest 
FC Viktoria Plzen
Real Sociedad
FK Austian Wien

As you may know, no club can be drawn into the same group with another club from their own association.  There are quite a few landmines occupying the 2nd, 3rd and 4th pots, notably the entire 2nd pot, last season's Champions League runner-ups Borussia Dortmund in pot 3 and Napoli and Real Sociedad in pot 4.

Here's hoping we can avoid a dreaded "group of death."

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