So it’s official, Arsenal have finally had some good luck for the first time this season (or so it feels like). After finishing second in our group, we faced the prospect of yet another tough Champions League draw for the knockout stages with fearsome prospects like Barcelona, Bayern and Real Madrid all in the realm of possibility. But Lady Luck, so frequently against us this season, finally smiled, and we drew possibly the easiest opponent that could be hoped for, AS Monaco.
While this does not mean the game will be a cakewalk, it at least means that we can breathe a bit easier. Monaco, while they are a young, talented side are not up to our level if we play well. Their main goalscorer from last season, Radamel Falcao now plays for Manchester United and the dangerous James Rodriguez now turns out for Real in the La Liga.
And maybe we owe this draw to manager Arsene Wenger and his praying skills. The manager admitted after the game against Newcastle that he was worried about the draw and that it has not been kind to Arsenal over the past few years:
We have been well served in the recent years. Maybe I will go to church over the weekend.
Is this the real reason why we drew AS Monaco? Maybe! All I know is, for the first time in three seasons we have a great chance of progressing in the Champions League.