Arsenal’s progression to the Champions League group stages has guaranteed that Atletico Madrid will not be amongst the top seeds for Thursday’s draw.
Diego Simeone’s men were provisionally in line for a place in the top seeded pot for this week’s draw for the group phase of UEFA’s premier competition.
This was based on coefficient ranking, which had the Madrid outfit placed as Europe’s eighth best team in the competition and just edging into the top seeded pot, before the Play-off round determined final participants in the competition.
However, with Arsene Wenger’s side guaranteeing their place in the competition proper with a 5-0 aggregate win over Fenerbahce secured last night in that Play-off round, they are above Atleti in the ranking and take a spot in pot one of the draw, pushing Los Colchoneros into pot two.
It means that Atleti can face a top seed in the group phase, able to be drawn this week against one from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Porto, Benfica and Bayern Munich.