Arsenal have been drawn against Turkish side Besiktas for this years Champions League playoff round, the Gunners will play the Turkish side away for the first leg and the tie will be decided at the emirates for the second leg.
The Turkish side, who qualified via a third place finish in the Turkish Süper Lig have not won the domestic title since 2008/2009 but last tasted victory in the 2011 Turkish cup. It will be the first competitive match between the two sides who have never met previously, it is sure to be a lively encounter especially the first leg with the Turks renowned for their passionate support and atmosphere.
Over the two legs we are likely to see a variety of familiar faces, most notably ex Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba who completed a summer move to the Turkish side recently, along with a player those familiar with the Arsenal youth setup will recognise, ex academy player Oğuzhan Özyakup. We look forward to the ties which will take place on the 19th/20th and 26th/27th August 2014.