Arsenal to face Eduardo's Shakhtar, Braga and Belgrade in the Champions League

By Graham McNorthbank

The Champions League group stage draw has just been made in Monaco and Arsenal have been given the task of overcoming Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga and Partizan Belgrade if they are to progress to the knock out stages of the competition in February.

Arsenal are top seeds in Group H and will be favourites to progress to the last 16, but there are some tricky trips to Ukraine, Portugal and Serbia ahead of us.

The game with Shakhtar poses us with the intriguing prospect of former Gunner Eduardo lining up to face us Arsenal. Donetsk beat the Gunners 3-0 in the Ukraine a few years back, which remains one of our worst away defeats in European history. Be warned.

All I can tell you about Braga is that they looked very good the other night when they dumped Sevilla out of the Champions League, having previously knocked out Celtic. Oh, and the club's fans are apparently known as Arsenalistas due to Braga's strip closely resembling that of the mighty Arsenal.

And as for Partizan, well they're in the group stage courtesy of a penalty shoot out winover Belgian champions Anderlecht. The Serbians have only made it to the Champions League group stages once before, in 2003, when the team was coached by German Lothar Matthaeus. They ended that campaign at the bottom of the group.

The full match schedule for the games is yet to be decided, but the first game will be played on September 14 or 15.