Arsenal fan reacts - Tough draw for the Gunners as they travel to Turkey

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Going into the Champions League playoff draw I thought to myself if Arsenal could avoid the likes of Fenerbahce and PSV Eindhoven then there wouldn't be too many problems progressing through to the group stage.

The inevitable happened and the Turkish side and Arsenal were paired together with the Gunners travelling to Istanbul for the first leg on the 21st August before the return leg at the Emirates Stadium six days later.

For any side, travelling to face a Turkish side in their own stadium, can be a daunting prospect as they can expect a ferocious atmosphere, passionate fans and a team buoyed by their support.

Thankfully Fenerbahce have not got the quality of their cross-town rivals Galatasaray but they still have players that can hurt the Arsenal defence. There will be familiar faces on show as former Liverpool players Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles now ply their trade in the Turkish Süper Lig.

Despite a pending appeal on a two year European ban for Fenerbahce, Arsenal will know they have to win because even if their opponents get thrown out of the competition at a later date, losing the tie will not see them through as the place would go to the next placed Turkish side, Bursaspor.

The most point of this tie is that Arsenal will have the luxury of having the second leg at home where they would consider themselves heavy favourites as Fenerbahce don't quite have the European away record to match their home form. 

A goal out in Istanbul is vital meaning that their opposition will have to come to the Emirates to attack rather than sit back and hold on to a lead, this will favour Arsene Wenger's men as they often become frustrated and ineffective against sides who sit back with two backs of four and defend deep. 

All in all it could have been easier for the Arsenal but we have to remember that this Fenerbahce is a good side but also they can be beaten and the win becomes more important when you consider the pursuit of Luis Suarez, who seems set on getting Champions League football. 

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