UEFA Champions League Draw: Arsenal and Celtic handed tough groups

Arsenal and Celtic were handed nightmare draws for the group stages of this season’s Champions League.

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Arsene Wenger’s side landed the toughest possible opponents from the third and fourth-ranked seeds in the shape of Borussia Dortmund – runners-up last season – and Rafa Benitez’s Napoli, who finished second in Serie A last term.

The Gunners will also face Marseille, the second time they will face the French outfit and Dortmund in the same group in the last three years.

Celtic’s task is arguably as tough, if not tougher, with Barcelona again among their opponents in a Group H which also features Milan and Ajax.

It also proved to be a challenging draw for the rest of the English teams, with Manchester City been drawn alongside defending champions Bayern Munich.

Manchester United will play Shakhtar Donetsk for the first time in Group A, which also features German side Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad, who finished fourth in La Liga last season.

Chelsea’s draw was favourable, on paper at least, whose Group E opponents are Schalke of Germany, Switzerland’s Basel and Romanians Steaua Bucharest.

GROUP A MANCHESTER UNITED, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad

GROUP B Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, FC Copenhagen

GROUP C Benfica, Paris St Germain, Olympiacos, Anderlecht

GROUP D Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, MANCHESTER CITY, Plzen

GROUP E CHELSEA, Schalke, Basel, Steaua Bucharest

GROUP F ARSENAL, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli

GROUP G Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg, Austria Vienna

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