Fenerbahce test for Arsenal

Arsenal will play Fenerbahce in the Champions League play-off round.

Last Updated: 21/08/13 at 19:18 Post Comment

Arsenal: Drawn out to face Fenerbahce

Arsenal: Drawn out to face Fenerbahce

Arsene Wenger's side were paired with the Turks at the draw in Switzerland, while Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan stand between Celtic and a place in the group stage.

Arsenal's draw is complicated by Fenerbahce's ongoing battle to avoid expulsion from this season's competition.

The Istanbul club were banned from European football for two seasons in June over the involvement of club officials in match-fixing but won the right to continue their qualifying campaign pending a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal.

A CAS decision is expected before the draw for the group stage is made on August 29, but in the meantime Fenerbahce will host Arsenal in the first leg of their play-off on Wednesday, August 21 before the return leg in London the following Tuesday.

No decision has yet been made on what would happen if Fenerbahce were to beat Arsenal and subsequently lose their appeal.

Celtic, meanwhile, were in the half of the draw reserved for national champions and must travel to Kazakhstan for the first leg of their play-off on Tuesday 20 August.

Shakhter have come through two qualifying rounds to reach the final stage and count former group stage participants BATE Borisov of Belarus among their beaten opponents.

The return match at Celtic Park will be played on 28 August.

Elsewhere, the standout tie pairs PSV with AC Milan in a repeat of the 2005 semi-final.

Play-off draw - champions route

Dinamo Zagreb v Austria Vienna

Ludogorets Razgrad v Basel

Viktoria Plzen v Maribor

Shakhter Karagandy v Celtic

Steaua Bucharest v Legia Warsaw

Play-off draw - non-champions route

Lyon v Real Sociedad

Schalke v Metalist Kharkiv

Pacos de Ferreira v Zenit St Petersburg

PSV Eindhoven v Milan

Fenerbahce v Arsenal

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