Arsenal narrowly scrapped through the Champions League qualifiers against Besiktas and with the injury to Olivier Giroud, they are without a main striker for the duration of the group stages.
In such case Arsenal will be desperate for an 'easy' draw, especially as they do not have a great record against the bigger European sides, frequently failing to get past the last 16.
Arsenal are seeded in the first pot so cannot play anyone in that bracket, nor can they play anyone from the Premier League.
Pot One: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, FC Porto
Pot Two: Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Basel, Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City
Pot Three: Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon, Galatasaray, Athletic Bilbao
Pot Four: Anderlecht, AS Roma, Ludogorets Razgrad, APOEL, BATE Borisov, Maribor, AS Monaco, Malmo
From the following, a dream group for Arsenal would be: Arsenal, FC Basel, Sporting Lisbon and Malmo.
In recent seasons Basel have lost first team players and on paper look playable opposition, though they do have a good record against English sides. Lisbon too have lost key players and have not been a title contender in the Portuguese League for a few seasons. Finally, Malmo represent a short trip as far as geography goes.
A nightmare group would be: Arsenal, Paris-Saint-Germain, Athletic Bilbao and Roma. PSG have reached the quarter-finals in the past two seasons and are, perhaps, a better side than Arsenal (exposing the flaw in the seedings). Bilbao are tough, physical opponents - the type Arsenal hate to face. Finally, Roma finished second in Serie A and have many top players in their squad that could easily play for Arsenal.
Who will Arsenal draw? Keep checking Scoop on the City to find out.