First of all I would, of course, love Arsenal to prove all the doubters and those hilarious social media warriors wrong by getting past the big favourites Barcelona and into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. I also believe that we are one of the clubs that could do it if we play at our best.
But as well as being an Arsenal fan, I am a realist and have to accept that we are likely to get knocked out my Messi and his mates. But I also think that being drawn against Barcelona could be as good for our Premier League title hopes as it is bad for our Champions League chances.
For one thing, it could give us an advantage at key points of the season, especially as our main rivals Man City and Man United have been handed easy draws and should progress at least one more stage. As long as we do not get a real pasting by the Spanish champions then the Gunners will not suffer a morale blow from losing to the champions and favourites.
And the other reason we might benefit from this toughest of cup draws is if it forces Arsene Wenger to splash the cash in the transfer market. With Coquelin doubtful to be back and match fit for the Barcelona games, the boss could decide that he needs another top class central midfielder. Another striker and defender would be nice as well and I think he is more likely to sign these players with Barca around the corner.
So will yesterday’s Champions League draw actually work in Arsenal’s favour?