'Group of death' - Worst possible draw for Arsenal and Chelsea in Champions League

We take a look at the teams Arsenal and Chelsea will be hoping to avoid in tomorrow's Champions League draw.

Arsenal have booked their place in the Champions League group stage for the 17th year in a row, after overcoming a tough tie against Besiktas in the final stage of qualification for the competition.

They join fellow English qualifiers Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in the draw for the group stage, which will get under way tomorrow. And, owing to their excellent recent record in continual qualification for the Champions League proper, Arsenal have been rewarded with a spot in pot 1 as one of the top seeds for the draw, along with Chelsea.

So while this should guarantee both teams a significantly easier group to navigate that is in fact far from the truth. Indeed the draw could very well still throw up a 'Group of Death' for either Arsenal or Chelsea.

We take a look at the worst case scenario for both London clubs, and it is not something to wish for.

Pot 2

Paris Saint-Germain

They were far from easy to overcome for Chelsea in last year's competition and with their abundance of expensively arranged talent, will be one of the most feared teams in the second pot.

The French champions have signed David Luiz this summer and are not believed to be done in their spending, so both teams will hope to avoid PSG.

Also should avoid: Juventus and Dortmund.

Pot 3

Athletic Bilbao

From the third pot of seeds it has to be Spanish side Athletic Bilbao. A classy outfit with their Basque mentality the team that finished fourth in La Liga last term have just despatched of Italian side Napoli in qualifying and are now expected to strengthen their ranks after making it to the group stage.

Asier Illarramendi has been mooted as one target and there is no doubt Bilbao will be the team everyone wants to avoid tomorrow.

Also should avoid: Galatasaray.

Pot 4

AS Roma

It is hard to believe that the Giallorossi are so poorly rated, but they have been out of Europe for a while now.

But they are back with a bang under Rudi Garcia and will fancy their chances against any of the other teams left in the competition.

Also should avoid: AS Monaco

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