Arsenal Champions League Draw: Breaking Down Group B for the Gunners

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Arsenal Champions League Draw: Breaking Down Group B for the Gunners

Drawn in Pot One (there were four pots in total, with teams divided according to seed), Arsenal discovered during the Group Stage Draw in Monaco that they will face Schalke 04, Olympiacos and Montpellier Herault in the Champions League this season.

Montpellier are newcomers to the competition, but Schalke and Olympiacos are both old hands. The Greeks' best finish in recent memory was a run to the Round of 16 in 2009-10, where they lost 1-3 on aggregate to Bordeaux, and Schalke memorably got to the semifinals in 2010-11, where they fell to Manchester United (1-6 agg).

It marks the second season in a row that the Gunners will meet Olympiacos, and the third time in the past four (they were both drawn in Group H in the 2009-10 edition, and Group F a season ago).

Arsenal's new signing Olivier Giroud will face his former club Montpellier, with whom he vaulted to stardom after scoring a combined 39 league goals from 2010-12.

It promises to be a fascinating group. Here's a complete guide to each of the Gunners' opponents.

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