Per Mertesacker can’t wait to find out Arsenal’s group-stage opponents

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker can't wait to see who the Gunners will face in the Champions League group stage

Per Mertsacker and Mathieu Flamini Photo: Per Mertesacker/Twitter

Per Mertesacker is looking forward to finding out who Arsenal will face in the Champions League group-stage after sealing their place in Thursday’s draw.

The Gunners booked their place in pot one alongside fellow Premier League outfit Chelsea after a 1-0 aggregate victory over Besiktas in their Champions League play-off tie on Wednesday night.

The north London side’s edgy win over their Turkish opponents means Arsenal extend their record to 17 successive seasons in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition.

And Mertesacker, who partnered Laurent Koscielny in the centre of defence for the play-off clash, took to Twitter to revel in Arsenal’s feat ahead of the draw in Monaco on Thursday.

Pot 1

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Porto

Pot 2

Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk, Basel, Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City

Pot 3

Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, Liverpool, Sporting CP, Galatasaray, Athletic Bilbao

Pot 4

Anderlecht, AS Roma, APOEL Nicosia, BATE Borisov, Ludogorets Razgrad, Maribor, Monaco, Malmö

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