For two reasons: 1, we get to see the three teams the Gunners face in the first group stage, and 2, we get to see when the games are played, and hopefully get dealt an ideal date for the potential November ArseAm trip, i.e., one that falls on a Tues/Wed either immediately before or after an Arsenal November home match. The draw takes place at 10 a.m ET Thursday morning - might already be over by the time some of you read this. There are 32 teams to be placed, with 8 teams placed in 4 pots. Each group is represented by one team from each of the four pots. When all is said and done there will be a total of 8 groups (A through H). The pot you're placed in is determined by some sort of equation/coefficient that takes into account how well you've done in the competition in the recent past, not just last season, so Man United are ranked 3rd while Arsenal are ranked 7th (both in the first pot). I don't think you can face another team from your country in the first group stage (or the second, for that matter). The UEFA CL rankings are here: http://www.uefa.com/competitions/UCL/news/Kind=1/newsId=31360.html The official site has its own explanation, but it doesn't have the updated UEFA CL rankings of the 32 teams. Here it is for the heck of it, though: http://www.arsenal.com/sportsappcon...e&type=com.sportapps.news.NewsItem&id=2990597 For grins, I thought I'd come up with some possible permutations for Arsenal opponents: The Group of Death This one was pretty simple - Arsenal plus the highest ranking teams in pots 2-4. In this case it would be: ===== Arsenal Deportivo la Coruna AC Milan Rosenborg The Easy Group (The Group of Life?) Didn't necessarily take the last place team in pots 2-4. For example, I think Lyon would be easier than Dortmund, even though they're ranked one spot ahead of the Germans. I think AEK might be easier than Ajax, although I'm not really sure about that one. No offense to the many Ajax fans out there, but Greece can be a bear to play in: ===== Arsenal Olympique Lyon AEK Basel The Hooray, Dennis Can Play! Group Travel considerations for our non-Flying Dutchman. Trips to be made in the comfort of his luxury automobile with his father-in-law at the wheel*: ===== Arsenal Dortmund Ajax Lens *Geographical knowledge of the Continent not exactly being my strong suit, I'll gladly listen to suggested substitutions in this case.