Wenger's worst fears realised in Champions League draw

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Wenger not convinced by new Champions League format
Wenger not convinced by new Champions League format

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was a vocal opponents of the change to the seeding format in the Champions League - and now his worst fears have been confirmed after his side were handed a daunting group stage draw.

A group featuring Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb should give the Gunners a chance to progress to the knock-out phase they will need to finish ahead of Bayern to secure a top seeding berth for the knock-out phase.

Wenger was a vocal opponent of a seeding shift that saw his side lose their status in Pot 1 for the draw, with champions from the top eight leagues in Europe given that elite status. 

"These changes were not needed," argued Wenger. "It's a competition that works best in the world and is most admired. Everyone wants to watch it.

"I was quite surprised that they've done that. We'll see how it works. I believe it will just make the seedings useless.

"Logic is not being respected. Logic for me when you play in Europe is results in Europe."

Bayern Munich have proved to be too strong for Wenger's side in the knock-out phases of the 2012/13 and 2013/14 Champions League season, yet Wenger's side have now been given the challenge of overcoming Pep Guardiola's men all over again.

As they have discovered to their cost in recent years, finishing second in your opening phase group can destroy hopes of plotting a path to the quarter-finals, but Wenger will be hoping his class of 2015/16 have enough to end his long wait for success in the Champions League.