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Arsenal’s Potential Opposition In The Last 16 Of The Champions League

by on December 15, 2011

Tomorrow is the Champions League draw for the last sixteen knockout phase of the competition. Arsenal finished top of their group which means they will avoid the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Below is a list of Arsenal’s potential opposition for the next round of the Champions League.

Arsenal’s potential opposition – AC Milan, Basel, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow, Lyon, Napoli, Zenit St Petersburg.

AC Milan – The Italian side had Barcelona in their group which was one of the main reasons why they only finished second in the group. They’ve got the likes Ibrahimović, Robinho and Thiago Silva in their squad. Milan are currently third in Serie A two points of the league leaders Juventus. Hopefully Arsenal avoid them in the draw tomorrow because they are a side which could cause Arsenal problems.

FC Basel – Swiss club FC Basel beat Premiership champions Manchester United in their last group match which guaranteed their qualification to the next round of the tournament. They’ve got talented Swiss duo Shaqiri and Xhaka in their squad and Switzerland’s all time top goal scorer Alexander Frei. It wouldn’t be the worst draw for Arsenal, I would be confident Arsenal would go through to the quarter finals.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen – The German side are currently sixth in Bundesliga, they’ve got the likes of  Ballack, Kießling, Rolfes in their squad. Leverkusen beat English side Chelsea earlier this season 2-1 at the BayArena. Leverkusen wouldn’t be the easiest draw for Arsenal tomorrow but not as tough as AC Milan or Napoli.

CSKA Moscow – The Russia side narrowly qualified to the knockout phase of the competition. In their squad they’ve got the likes of Akinfeev, Vagner Love and Dzagoev. Moscow aren’t the only Russian team left in the competition, Zenit are as well. It wouldn’t be ideal for Arsenal traveling to Russia and Moscow are a good side as well. Hopefully Arsenal avoid both Russian sides in the draw tomorrow.

Lyon – Former Arsenal player Remi Garde is the manager of French side Lyon. Because Ajax lost to Real Madrid and Lyon managed to beat Dinamo Zagreb 7-1 and it saw the French side through. Lyon are currently fourth in Ligue, they’ve got reported Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff in their squad. Also they have got López and Bastos in their squad. I wouldn’t mind Arsenal drawing the French side tomorrow, Arsenal have already beaten Marseille this season in the Champions League.

Napoli – The Italian side is the team I hope Arsenal avoid the most tomorrow. Napoli have got the likes of Hamšík, Cavani and Lavezzi who can cause any side problems. They are fifth in Serie A nine points of top spot in the Italian league, they also beat Manchester City in the group stages of the competition. Hopefully Arsenal don’t get drawn against Napoli tomorrow.

Zenit St Petersburg – Arsenal could face Andrey Arshavin’s former club,in the next round of the competition. The Russian club have got the likes of Alves, Danny and Kerzhakov in their squad. I would be confident of Arsenal progressing to the quarter finals of the Champions League if they get drawn against Zenit.

The Champions League last sixteen draw is tomorrow at 11:00 AM.

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