Stunning News As Arsenal Could Be Guaranteed Champions League Place Without Kicking A Ball

By on August 24, 2011

Arsenal could be in the group stages of the Champions League, even if they lose to Udinese on aggregate tonight.

With kick off just minutes away in what should be a defining game for the Gunners, news has broken that they may be handed a lifeline if they were to lose, due to an ongoing match fixing scandal in Turkey.

2010/11 Champions Fenerbache have been expelled from Champions League football this season after being caught up in a match fixing investigation. This leaves a place up for grabs and it is yet to be decided who will be the ‘lucky loser’.

Usually, the runners up in the domestic league would get the place, however this may not be possible as both the 2nd and 3rd placed teams (Trabzonspor and Besiktas) are both also being investigated due to match fixing claims. Trabzonspor have also already been knocked out of the Champions League in an earlier round. So it would be difficult for UEFA to allow either side in the competition.

The alternative would be to give Fenerbaches place to the highest ranked team based on UEFA’s coefficient, who are knocked out in the play-off rounds. Should Arsenal lose on aggregate this evening, they would be the side to benefit as they would be the team with the highest coefficient rating. UEFA are due to make a decision on this issue tonight.

Here is a link to the Telegraph covering this story

***UEFA have decided Trabzonspor will replace Fenerbache in the Champions League next season, despite being under investigation for match fixing. ***

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12 Comments

  1. blu

    August 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    It’s kinda sad arsenal fans have to resort to this instead of comfortably winning a match

  2. Pililuk

    August 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    nah they updated it saying the second turkish team will get the spot not arsenal

  3. Jeff

    August 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    We don’t need this gift wrapped crap! We took it to Udinese and showed them what being a gooner is all about!

  4. GUN

    August 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    we won it

  5. She2

    August 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Yeah we won it.

  6. Eddy

    August 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    We don’t need luck.. We’ve done the job.

  7. STEVE.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    WELL PLAYED LADS,UP THE GUNNERS.

  8. ceejay

    August 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Oh pls, we don’t need it cos we are already there. Liverfools can have it for all i care.

  9. fred

    August 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    cheers to that ceejay

  10. james zico

    August 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    will work 4 it n will won it Gunners 4life

  11. james zico

    August 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    but wenger will still want 3big players pls

  12. Wayne

    August 24, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Well played lads. Great performance from our no 1. Great penalty save. Could of changed the game a bit if they’d scored that.

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