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Arsenal facing familiar scenario in Champions League

Posted on December 11, 2014 by David Nugent

As we all know Arsenal have made it to the last 16 of the Champions League for the 15th consecutive season. The Gunners secured qualification with a game to spare, but yet again finished as runners-up in their group.

This is a scenario that has proved problematic in recent seasons. The Gunners have met the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the last 16 and been eliminated at the first hurdle. It is fair to say that finishing second in their group this season is unlikely to produce a much more favourable result for the Gunners.

Difficult

Arsenal’s list of prospective opponents in the last 16 does read like a who’s who of the Champions League. As expected European superpowers Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all won their groups, as did last year’s finalists Atletico Madrid.

Any of the four aforementioned teams are likely to cause the Gunners problems. It would take a brave man to back Arsenal to progress beyond the round of 16 if they did draw any of those four teams in Monday’s draw.

Porto and Monaco were the other group winners. The Gunners cannot face fellow English side Chelsea, or Dortmund who topped the Gunners group.

Preferable

The preferable draw for Arsenal would be former-winners FC Porto or former-finalists Monaco in the last 16. Monaco made it through to the knockout stages having scored just four goals in their six games. However, the French side also only conceded once in their group campaign.

Porto qualified unbeaten from a relative weak group that also saw Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk qualify for the last 16. The Portuguese side won four and drew two of their group games.

Even the preferable draw puts Arsenal up against teams that have proved to be no pushovers this season in the Champions League.

Inconsistent

Arsenal’s inconsistent form will not help their chances of making the quarter-finals of the competition. Whoever they meet in the knockout stages is likely to be tough opposition. The Gunners will now be kicking themselves that they threw away that three goal lead against Belgian side Anderlecht at the Emirates Stadium.

If Arsene Wenger’s side had won that game they would have won the group and faced a less daunting task in the last 16 of the competition. As it is though the side from north London could face a difficult task in the last 16, with some of Europe’s superpowers awaiting them in Monday’s draw.

Which team would you like to see Arsenal draw in the Champions League?

1 to “Arsenal facing familiar scenario in Champions League”

  1. davidrusa says:

    I don’t like people who judge games before they are played. As far as I am concerned the only team which seems very difficult and almost unbeatable for Arsenal at the moment is Real Madrid but then Arsenal has a history of pedigree against Real Madrid. Arsenal beat Real Madrid on its way to the Champions League final in 2006. Remember arsenal has ever beaten Bayern and Barcelona and can repeat it with our injured players back. Let us not be despondent but wait for the draw and then see how Arsenal will perform. Arsenal is more than capable of a favourable result against Monaco, Atletico Madrid and Porto. Hence there is no invincible team. Any team can beat another on its day. There are no predetermined results in football or any other game for that matter. It depends on various factors. Chelsea won their Champions league when nobody ever expected them to. They were total outsiders but such is soccer.



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