Arsenal head into the final Champions League group match against FC Basel and will be hoping that they can secure the win against a team that’s proven tough to beat for English opponents.
Arsenal currently sit in second place in the table, a position we are all too familiar with when it comes to the Champions League stage. With just one game remaining, we can start to look at possible draws for the next round of fixtures. The Gunners are definitely through to the next round, but who will we face?
Based on current standings, Arsenal could face:
If they finish top: Napoli, Bayern Munich Bayer Leverkusen , Real Madrid, Porto, Sevilla.
If they finish second: Benfica, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus.
Arsenal cannot of course draw a fellow English team at this stage of the competition and so the likes of Leicester and Man City are out of the equation. Whilst of course our rivals from down the lane are already out!
A few of those positions could still change for the club’s above, with some to interchange between first and second place. There are also a few teams in third place still in contention of grabbing a qualifying position.
Realistically with PSG unlikely to lose against Ludogorets, it means that Arsenal are very likely to come second in the group. If this becomes a reality, this means that we can definitely be drawn up against Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Monaco. Arsenal have fallen short of two of those clubs in recent years, so it doesn’t look very good for the Gunners already. Juventus also look highly likely to top their group so they could be potential opponents, whilst Real Madrid and Dortmund is a match too close to call.
It looks likely to be a tough draw whoever we get so the best we can do is just fight our way to the next round. To win the competition and be the best, you have to beat the best and so the Gunners should be going into the next round draw with fighting spirits.