Arsenal may have appeared in the group stage of the Champions League for the past 16 seasons, but they face a tough test to make it 17 in a row. That’s because the Gunners have been pitted against Turkish giants Besiktas in the play-off round.
The Istanbul giants finished third in the Turkish Super Lig last season and will head into their clash against the North London club on the back of a 5-2 aggregate victory over Feyenoord in the third qualifying round.
Former Newcastle United and Chelsea striker Demba Ba scored all three goals in the second leg of that tie against the Dutch giants and will be looking to do the same against Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger’s side faced Turkish opposition last season as well, but came out of the test with flying colours. Fenerbahce, who won the league in Turkey last season, were easily vanquished 5-0 on aggregate by the 13-time English champions, who will play the first leg of their tie against Besiktas away from home.
The Gunners will head into the two-legged encounter as the favourites, but some of the Arsenal fans are not that confident, pointing out the presence of Ba in the Besiktas team as a big threat.
Here is a selection of the best tweets from the Arsenal supporters.
Arsenal draw Turkish side Besiktas. Should be easy though #afc— aman varma (@amanvarma5) August 8, 2014
Besiktas isn't a bad draw at all. Fully expecting a comfertable result over the two legs. #AFC— Steven afc (@Methods89) August 8, 2014
Besiktas isn't the worst draw but the travelling to Turkey midweek isn't ideal for the squad. #AFC— Szczesny In Disguise (@donnellybags) August 8, 2014