The two ex-Liverpool stars who can KO Arsenal from the Champions League

Dirk Kuyt

Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles have both played their part in scoring for Liverpool against Arsenal, so can they knock them out of the Champions League with Fenerbahce?

Arsenal and Liverpool fans have been increasingly at odds over the past month due to the Luis Suarez situation; and it would surely give fans of the Anfield club no greater satisfaction to see two former stars wreck the Gunners' season.

And that is exactly what can happen later this month, when Arsenal take on Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifying round, as per the draw earlier on Friday.

Losing would be disastrous for Arsenal, in terms of finances, confidence for the season ahead, and in terms of attracting last minute additions to the club.

So two old foes who have enjoyed success against them in the past will not be welcomely seen by Arsene Wenger and his men.

They are Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles, who in both of their final games for Liverpool against Arsenal scored or created goals against the Gunners.

Kuyt scored an Emmanuel Eboue conceded penalty an incredible eight minutes into stoppage time at the end of the 2010/11 season at the Emirates to claim a 1-1 draw after Robin van Persie had scored what appeared to be a stoppage time winner moments earlier.

Meireles in his final game for the Reds, came off the bench to set up a goal for Luis Suarez in a 2-0 win at the Emirates early into the 2011/12 season, in a match which saw Emmanuel Frimpong sent off and Samir Nasri playing his last game for the Gunners.

Both signed for Fenerbahce last summer, with Meireles moving from Chelsea, and Kuyt in particular has enjoyed tremendous success, scoring 17 goals and providing 15 assists for them in all competitions last season.

Meireles had a more difficult time, but has begun this season with a bang - netting a spectacular volley in an earlier Champions League qualifying round.

They are not the only ex-Premier League stars Arsenal will have to contend with. Former Newcastle midfielder Emre Belozoglu is a key man in their midfield, while once Everton centre-back Joseph Yobo features in defence.

The ties promise to be closely contested, and while Arsenal will feel they have a key advantage in playing at home in the second leg, the two ex-Liverpool men certainly will not be daunted by visiting the Emirates.

Will Kuyt and Meireles have big parts to play? Who will come out on top?

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