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Because watching fat old white men pull ping pong balls out of punch bowls is newsworthy!

It's exactly this exciting.
It's exactly this exciting.
Harold Cunningham

Arsenal secured their place in the Champions League group stages yesterday, and today they find out who they face. Here are the four groups that will determine the groups:

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<th align="center">Pot 1</th>

<th align="center">Pot 2</th>

<th align="center">Pot 3</th>

<th align="center">Pot 4</th>

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<td align="center">Real Madrid</td>

<td align="center">Schalke</td>

<td align="center">Bayer Leverkusen</td>

<td align="center">Anderlecht</td>

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<td align="center">Barcelona</td>

<td align="center">Dortmund</td>

<td align="center">Olympiacos</td>

<td align="center">Roma</td>

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<td align="center">Bayern</td>

<td align="center">Juventus</td>

<td align="center">CSKA Moscow</td>

<td align="center">Apoel</td>

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<td align="center">Chelsea</td>

<td align="center">PSG</td>

<td align="center">Ajax</td>

<td align="center">Bate Borisov</td>

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<td align="center">Benfica</td>

<td align="center">Shakhtar</td>

<td align="center">Liverpool</td>

<td align="center">Ludogorets</td>

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<td align="center">Atletico</td>

<td align="center">Basel</td>

<td align="center">Sporting Club de Portugal</td>

<td align="center">Maribor</td>

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<b><td align="center">Arsenal</td></b>

<td align="center">Zenit</td>

<td align="center">Galatasaray</td>

<td align="center">Monaco</td>

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<td align="center">Porto</td>

<td align="center">Manchester City</td>

<td align="center">Athletic Bilbao</td>

<td align="center">Malmo</td>

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And here are the rules:

1. Each group contains one team from each seeding pot.
2. Teams from the same association cannot face each other in the group stages.

So there you have it.  Have at it! Converse! Draw starts at 8.45PT/11.45ET.  There will be a presentation of the "UEFA Best Player In Europe" award before the draw, which is super exciting! Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben, and Cristiano Ronaldo are all up for this amazingly prestigious prize.