Dortmund dream, Man City nightmare – Arsenal best and worst case Champions League draw

By Staff

Arsenal are set to find out their opponents in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday afternoon.

The Gunners booked their place in the competition’s last eight for the first time in 14 years with a penalty shootout victory over Porto on Tuesday night. Despite making hard work of what looked, on paper, to be a favourable draw Mikel Arteta’s side remain among the favourites for the competition, although the Spaniard isn’t getting carried away just yet.

“I think it’s still very far,” he said when asked if he could think about winning the Champions League in his post-match press conference on Tuesday. “Now I’m gonna sit at home, I’m gonna look at the other teams we have to play and start another big mountain to climb.”

It all depends on the draw however. Seeding is out of the window at this stage of the competition, meaning anyone could play anyone at this point. This could be very beneficial for Arsenal, but it could also leave them vulnerable too.

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It’s probably not too much of a stretch to say that a nightmare scenario would see Arsenal face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals. City are the competition’s reigning champions and probably the best team in it again this season. To add to matters, this season’s title race would put even more pressure on this all-English clash, and it’s one the Gunners will want to avoid if possible.

Beyond that Arsenal should be relatively confident no matter who they face. Real Madrid are obviously an excellent side, but they have struggled with injuries this season. Bayern Munich, PSG and Barcelona meanwhile are far from what they used to be and Atletico Madrid are not having the best of seasons in La Liga

In an ideal world, looking at the opponents they could face, Borussia Dortmund are the best possible scenario though. Edin Terzic’s side have struggled for consistency all season and sit 20 points off Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the Bundesliga. They also needed a late goal against a PSV side that Arsenal hammered in the group stages, to secure their progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Arsenal will also find out their semi-final opponents in Friday’s draw in Nyon. Again, in an ideal world they’d probably want Barcelona at that stage if they make it that far. The Gunners have already beaten them in pre-season, and will feel confident of exacting some revenge over the club that let Arteta go as a youngster.

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