By Avenell Dave
Arsenal have been drawn against Dutch debutants AZ Alkmaar, Olympiakos and Standard Liege in the Group Stages of the Champions League draw made in Monaco this afternoon.
There's no such thing as an easy draw yada yada yada but you have to think that Group H shouldn't provide too many problems for the Gunners, especially after avoiding the second pot giants that could have come our way.
AZ Alkmaar won the Dutch title last season, going 28 matches unbeaten at one stage, under Louis van Gaal, who immediately left to coach Bayern Munich.
Current manager is Ronald Koeman and the team have won three and lost one match so far this season. You can imagine that they'll probably be a pretty open team but hardly as threatening as some we could have drawn.
Olympiakos have three recognisable faces including former Blackburn striker Matt Derbyshire, Freddie Ljungberg's mate Olof Mellberg and former Newcastle and Leeds United chump defender Didier Domi.
They might have something of a noisy stadium - as is the way in that part of the world - but we should have no problem disposing of them.
Standard Liege may not have been the easiest of teams in the fourth pot, but even so, the Belgian Champions should be a comfortable enough match for us.
Happy happy days and Wenger must be rubbing his hands with glee at the prospect of such a straightforward draw.
There are NO easy games in Champions League football, but this afternoon, we might well have come as close as we'll ever get to a free pass into the knockout stages.
Now, Arsene, go spend some of the money we earned last night...