Arsenal 'quietly pleased' with CL outcome

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Arsenal are feeling 'quietly pleased' with themselves after the north London club avoided any major scares in their group for the Champions League.

The Gunners have been tasked with taking on Marseille, Olympiacos and Borussia Dortmund in Group F, with the first encounter away against the latter on September 13.

Arsenal ensured their name was in the hat at the last, with a win in Udinese making sure the club could enjoy a another year in Europe's elite club competition - as they have during every season of Arsene Wenger's tenure.

And, says Arsenal club secretary David Miles, the Frenchman would have been happy with the outcome of Thursday's draw in Monte Carlo.


"First of all the first priority was to actually get here I think we'll be quietly pleased with the draw," Miles told Sky Sports.

"We've been in the Champions League every season under Arsene's tenure. I'm pleased we don't have to travel too far, to the far off eastern European clubs. Arsene will see that as a big bonus."

Meanwhile, Miles added that he expects Wenger to delve into the transfer market before the deadline next week, with the Gunners boss seemingly set to reinforce his midfield ranks after he departures of Samir Nasir and Cesc Fabregas.

"I think that you'll appreciate I can't exactly give you specifics but certainly everyone is committed," Miles said.

"If there's quality players to be brought in I've got every faith in Arsene Wenger that he'll do so.

"As you rightly say we've got just under a week. I've been involved myself in some last minute transfers so until the window actually closes I think that we're still open for business."

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