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Arsenal reaction to drawing Barcelona: We've got our own world-class players

Arsenal secretary David Miles admits drawing Barcelona in the Champions League is the last thing fans would have wanted.

The Gunners have beaten the defending champions just once in seven meetings and even that was not enough to prevent an aggregate defeat in the knockout stages in 2011, their most recent encounter.

Ozil and co. will have to be on form to beat Barcelona. Credit: PA

"On the back of the great win in Athens we were hoping for a good draw today and I think it's the tie of the round," Miles told BT Sport.

"It's not going to be easy and it's the team that most Arsenal fans would have wanted to avoid at this stage but it's up to us to make a good fist of it.

"We've got our own world-class players and certainly we'll go in for this.

"It should be two fantastic games and we're very much looking forward to it."



Fenerbahce draw Shakhtar in Champions League

Robin van Persie's Fenerbahce will face Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League qualifier.

If Celtic progress against Stjarnan they will play against Qarabag or Pljevija.

Robin van Persie will get to face Fenerbahce. Credit: PA

Group 1

Sarajevo / Lech Poznan v Basel Ludogorets / Milsami v Crusaders / Skenderbeu Ventspils / Helsinki v Maribor / Astana Celtic / Stjarnan v Qarabag / Pljevija Steaua Bucharest / Trencin v Partizan /

Group 2

Midtjylland / Red Imps v APOEL / Vardar Hibernians / Maccabi Tel Aviv v Viktoria Plzen Dinamo Zagreb / Fola Esch v Molde / Pyunik The New Saints / Videoton v BATE / Dundalk FC Salzburg v Malmo / Zalgiris

League Route

Panathinaikos v Bruges Young Boys v Monaco CSKA Moscow v Sparta Prague Rapid Vienna v Ajax Fenerbahce v Shakhtar

Evra exclusive: I'm still waiting for Suarez apology over race row

Then-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (left) and Man Utd full-back Patrice Evra face off in 2012. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In an exclusive interview with ITV Sport, Juventus defender Patrice Evra promised he would shake Luis Suarez’s hand before Saturday’s Champions League final in Berlin, despite revealing the Barcelona striker has yet to apologise for the racist abuse towards him that earned the Uruguayan an eight-match suspension in 2011.

Speaking to ITV Football's chief reporter Gabriel Clarke, Evra admitted that he has no problem with Suarez despite the lack of an explicit apology.

"I don’t want his apologies," Evra told us. "It doesn’t matter, it’s no problem for me. But when we are going to play the game, I will shake his hand. He will never be my best friend, but this is not a problem.

"The past is the past. I am really proud of my colour and I will shake his hand like I did with Manchester when we play against Liverpool. My game is against Barcelona, it is not against Luis Suárez, but I will make sure he will feel me on the pitch."

To read more, visit ITV's Champions League website

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