There were two very obvious options in today’s Champions League draw that Arsenal fans and everyone connected with the club was hoping to avoid, as both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are among the favourites to win the thing but somehow this year only managed to finish as runners-up.
So of course the Gunners got one of the two, although after Arsene Wenger spoke earlier in the season about his belief that the Spanish reigning European champions were the team to beat, at least we did not get them. Bayern Munich though?
So just as we feared, the Gunners’ reward for finally finishing on top of a UCL qualifying group is one of the hardest possible draws for the first knockout stage. Typical. Meanwhile Man City who only finished second get Monaco and Leicester in their first ever season in it get Sevilla.
Okay it is what it is and there is nothing we can do about it. For now Wenger and the lads need to focus on keeping our excellent Premier League run going. The draw may even help as it certainly means that the EPL title could be our best hope of a major trophy.
The other positive to take is that the German champions have not been great in Europe this year and they are having a tougher time in the Bundesliga, so perhaps we should not be too worried after all. What do you think gooners?