After all the struggles last season, Arsenal have made it to the Champions League group stages – only to be drawn in the group of death.
Arsene Wenger’s side will be tested by French giants Marseille, Serie A leaders Napoli, and last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund.
Whilst there is no doubting the Gunners would have preferred an easier route to the last sixteen, should they qualify then there is every reason for confidence surrounding the Emirates Stadium to be sky high.
It will certainly not be easy, but Arsenal’s early season form – the opening day defeat to Villa aside – has suggested it is well within their capabilities.
The deadline day capture of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid has added a whole new dimension to this Arsenal side, whilst the hugely improved form of both Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud has proved a massive bonus.
If Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott can rediscover their best form also, then Arsenal fans have every reason to feel optimistic.
Known for his meticulous methods, Wenger will no doubt have identified the threats each team poses, but we thought we would help him out anyway – you can thank us later.
Here we have identified 5 Champions League group stage stars for Arsenal fans to look out for.