CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW - ARSENAL DRAW CELTIC

By Avenell Dave

Arsenal have been drawn to face Celtic in the Champions League Play-off Round which was drawn at UEFA headquarters in Nyon this morning.

Here at Addict, we had a bad feeling that we'd be drawn against the Scottish runners-up - which will certainly provide a high profile game to satisfy UEFA's advertisers and marketeers.

Given that the SPL runners-up have only won away from home once in Europe in the last six years - and that was the 2-0 win against Dinamo Moscow last Wednesday, we have to fancy our chances.

Giorgios Samaras couldn't hit a barn door when he was at Man Citeh, and with the exception of Polish goalkeeper Artur Boruc and forward Scott McDonald, they don't have any players who should really trouble us.

Let's hope new Celtic manager Tony Mowbray is as successful with Celtic as he was with West Brom against us last season, when we beat his team 1-0 at home and 3-1 away.

We haven't played Celtic in European competition before, although Paul Davis had a testimonial at Highbury in 1991 against the Hoops, with Charlie Nicholas provoking a cheer from the North Bank when he scored against us in a 2-2 draw.

Apart from Nicholas, Martin Hayes, John Hartson, Ian Wright and Jeremie Aliadiere have all left us to play for the Glasgow club and current Arsenal Head of Youth Development Liam Brady was briefly manager at Parkhead.

The play-offs are played over two legs on 18/19 and 25/26 August.