|(Football) Gunners get into Champions group stage
Arsenal will play in the Champions League for a 16th consecutive season, and Schalke scraped into the group stage along with them after beating PAOK Salonika in a thrilling encounter.
Aaron Ramsey netted twice to ensure Arsenal comfortably won the playoff 5-0 on aggregate. They had a 3-0 lead over Fenerbahce from the first leg. (Pictured, Aaron Ramsy and Yaya Sanogo celebrate a goal)
Arsenal have never won European football's biggest prize or any trophy since the 2005 FA Cup, AP reports.
It was a nervous night for Schalke, who overcame US midfielder Jermaine Jones being sent off to win 3-2 at Salonika and advance 4-3.
Steaua Bucharest will be in the group stage for the first time in five years after drawing 2-2 at Legia Warsaw to go through on away goals after the first leg finished 1-1.
Basel, already leading Ludogorets Razgrad 4-2, won 2-0 on home soil to cruise into Thursday's draw where they will be joined by Austria Vienna, which squeezed through 4-3 on aggregate despite losing 3-2 at home to Dinamo Zagreb.
In London, Fenerbahce gifted Arsenal the lead after 25 minutes, with Ramsey providing the finish from close range.
The midfielder, who scored in Istanbul last week, volleyed in another in the 72nd after being set up by Kieran Gibbs.
There had been a blow for Arsenal early in the second half when Lukas Podolski was carried off on a stretcher with a left hamstring injury that is expected to sideline the Germany forward for three weeks.
In Greece, Adam Szalai put Schalke in front before half time after Atsuto Uchida squared the ball to him.
Stefanos Athanasiadis blasted in an equalizer for the resilient Salonika at the start of the second half, and their chances of advancing appeared to have been boosted by Schalke being reduced to 10 men when Jones received his second booking for fouling Dimitris Salpingidis in the 64th.