Mixed Champions League draw - Arsenal get Porto, Fenerbahce and Dynamo Kiev

Arsenal were drawn against Porto, Fenerbahce and Dynamo Kiev in Group G in today's Champions League draw in Monaco.

After cruising through last night's qualifier with FC Twente, I doubt the Gunners are going to have as easy a run as they did during last night's match.

Given that a number of reputedly top clubs either missed out on their national titles or were coming back into the competition after an absence, perhaps we should have been prepared for the worst.

The Gunners were again in Pot 1, the top seeds, but with Bayern Munich, Juventus, AS Roma, PSV and Villareal amongst the second seeds, there was certainly not going to be an easy draw, whatever happened.

So it was better than expected to get Porto, who we played in the UCL in 2006, winning at home courtesy of Thierry Henry and Alex Hleb before drawing away. A similar set of results this year would do nicely.

The one side I wanted to miss from the third seeds was Turkish side Fenerbahce, who beat Ch*vski last season and then lost to them in the quarter-finals. We beat them in 1979 in the European Cup Winners' Cup but we'll have to keep an eye on the free kicks of the evergreen Roberto Carlos this time around.

The bottom seeds had some tasty opponents amongst them, including Athletico Madrid and Fiorentina but Dynamo Kiev was probably the worst we could have hoped for.

We played Kiev in 1998/99 and 2003/04 and lost a Group game in each year against the Ukraine runners-up, who menacingly beat Spartak Moscow 8-2 on aggregate in the final qualifying round this year.

I would not for one minute suggest that there was any impropriety but the fact that Ch*vski's Petr Cech, John Terry and Frank Lampard and M*nure's Cristiano Ronaldo took part in the drawer after winning Club Player of the Year in their respective positions surely was not entirely appropriate.

Anyways, the draw is done and we have six great games to look forward to - and Arsene Wenger will know we will have to be at our best to progress.