So Arsenal are through to the last 8 in Europe for the first time in many years, even if it is just the Europa League, and here are the seven teams that are our potential opponents. There is just an hour until the numbers come out of the post, but Which one would you like Arsenal to draw?
Atletico Madrid (Spain)
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
RB Leipzig (Germany)
RB Salzburg (Austria)
CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Arsene Wenger is agreed that he doesn’t want to get Atletico Madrid in the next round, as all Arsenal fans are I am sure! “Maybe the team who is the biggest favourite is Atletico Madrid,” Wenger said last night. “But anyway, what I like doesn’t matter too much because I have no influence on it.
“We have to wait for tomorrow [Friday] and see who we get. If we get Atletico Madrid, we get Atletico Madrid. We have now some time to recover and prepare for it.
Just as a reminder, here are the results from yesterday of all our possible opponents.
Lokomotiv Moscow 1-5 Atletico Madrid (1-8 aggregate)
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Marseille (2-5 agg)
Dynamo Kiev 0-2 Lazio (2-4 agg)
Viktoria Plzen 2-1 Sporting Lisbon (2-3 agg)
Zenit St Petersburg 1-1 RB Leipzig (2-3 agg)
Salzburg 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (2-1 agg)
Lyon 2-3 CSKA Moscow (3-3 agg)
The draw is a free-for-all so we could get any of them, but if I could choose I think I would pick Sporting CP, because the Portugese League is not very strong at the moment, and Arsenal wouldn’t have very far to travel. We definitely don’t want to go to Moscow!