Champions League draw simulated as Arsenal get nightmare scenario and Man City face Barcelona

By Staff

Arsenal’s route to Champions League glory could not be any tougher should the simulated draw come true on Friday.

The Gunners are heading to the last eight of the competition after a tense victory over Porto on Tuesday night. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg in Portugal, Mikel Arteta’s men piled on the pressure from the outset and tied the scores on aggregate just before the break thanks to Leandro Trossard’s neat finish.

Martin Odegaard thought he had won it in normal time when he chipped the ball into an empty net only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul in the build-up. After a nervy extra-time, penalties were needed to separate the two teams.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya made himself the hero in the shootout, saving two spot-kicks as the Gunners won 4-2 on penalties. The result means the North London club are in the hat for tomorrow’s draw alongside; PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Unlike the round of 16 draw, the Gunners will discover their quarter-final and potential semi-final opponents when UEFA conducts proceedings at 11am (UK time). Ahead of the official draw, simulated our own to discover what Arsenal’s path could be.

Unfortunately for Arteta, our draw pitted Arsenal against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals with the first leg taking place at the Emirates Stadium with the all-important second leg being at the Bernabeu. Should they be victorious in the last eight, the Gunners were drawn to face the winner of PSG and Atletico Madrid with the second leg of that tie taking place at either the Emirates Stadium or the Bernabeu.

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Full simulated Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draw


Arsenal vs Real Madrid

Manchester City vs Barcelona

PSG vs Atletico Madrid

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich


Borussia Dortmund/Bayern Munich vs Manchester City/Barcelona

PSG/Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal/Real Madrid

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