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Tough Italian job for Arsenal

1st round of champions league

Arsenal have been drawn with crack Italian outfit Udinese in the first round of Champions League.

The Gunners finished fourth in the Premier League last season, with Manchester City pipping them to the third automatic qualifying spot.

Arsene Wenger's troops were seeded for Friday's draw in Nyon, and will face a two-legged fixture over August 16/17 and 23/24, which is sandwiched between some tough Premier League games against Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Even though Arsenal were one of the seeds, there was no fixture weighting, meaning the Gunners will play the first leg at Emirates Stadium.

Friuli qualified for the tournament, having finished last season in fourth placein Serie A. They could meet Bayern Munich or

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