One would wonder what the draw would look like tonight and if the Gooners have a chance in advancing to the next stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Just few hours between rising from sleep and watching the seeds unveiled will seem like the countdown to another 9 year wait for a trophy.
Monday, December 15, is that day Wenger gets to find out if he could finally get a lucky escape in the Champions League round of 16.
In all honesty, our poor performance in the group stage wasn’t top notch and i didn’t expect Wenger and his men to finish second place – next to Borussia Dortmund who are currently in the relegations waters in the Bundesliga. And since we couldn’t hit six on the day, it comes down to six possible team the Gooners will likely encounter – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, FC Porto, Monaco and those lucky, plucky Germans, Bayern Munich.
Juventus’ goalkeeper must have been kidding when he said they were not afraid of drawing the big teams at this stage as we’d still have to play them ahead.
Manchester City’s David Silva on the other hand, spoke our minds; we want an easy draw, plain and simple. But which draw will exactly appear easy for Arsenal, considering form, ability and potential?
UEFA might as well find a way not to let this show up again.
A third consecutive pairing of Arsenal and Munich could reduce the values of the tickets for both games as the stats are weightily in Munich’s favor.
Judging from history Munich has always had the best of Arsenal and history might set to repeat it self if this two side meet yet again.
Real Madrid……No one seems to be able to stop them this season. Having 20 wins including a clean out of Liverpool in their group stage and Barcelona earlier in the El Clasico.
Fact is Barcelona have been ordinary since Pep Guardiola went on sabbatical, and they are not on the books of many to make the last 8.
However, that doesn’t mean we should be glad about the possibility of a Messi-Monreal match up.
Koscielny’s recurring injuries leaves us unsure of the security of his pocket to accommodate Suarez, but it could be a moment to prove a point for one man -Alexis Sanchez, and going by how he’s gone about adapting to the Premier League, you won’t put it past him leaving a mark on both ties.
Perhaps the lighter of the three giants now analyzed.
So we can trash the remaining three eh? Not a chance. If Atletico Madrid also finished first, and after coming within seconds of winning a sensational League and Cup double, Atletico have shown that last season was not a one-off.
Finishing top in a group that had Juventus and Olympiacos, Diego Simeone and his men are in for the long haul, and it will take some silver bullet to gun them off track.
Not that Mandzukic has totally replaced Diego Costa, but if we were really interested in signing him last summer, it must have been proof of his top quality. But then, we wanted to sign Higuain last year, and ended up eliminating him and Napoli. It could still happen with this sturdy, machismic lot.
We’ve not had much trouble about strikers but Jackson Martinez has shown plenty over the World Cup and the first months of this season to justify all the links to the Emirates that have been rumored.
We probably wish Mangala was still there; at least it would be one weakness to exploit.
They still have Quaresma though, but he can’t pull a repeat of those stunts of 2006/2007.
They have good goal scorers and are good enough to shock a few this season. Potential Banana skin? Best avoided, perhaps.
Yes, they actually qualified top of their group despite only scoring one goal more, in their 6 six group games than we did against Galatsaray on Matchday six.
There will be boos when Berbatov touches the ball, and Kondogbia would be under scrutiny for a possible transfer next summer window. But surely, they should not have enough in other areas to kick us out.