Arsene Wenger has insisted Arsenal have little to fear in the knockout stages of the Champions League after the group fixtures were completed on Wednesday night.
The Gunners finished as Group A winners and will therefore face one of six runners-up, a list that includes such European giants as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
While Arsenal have failed to get past the round of 16 for the last six seasons, Wenger was in confident mood ahead of Monday’s draw.
“You look at the teams you can get, some look more prestigious, more difficult, and you would like me to say, ‘I do not want this or that’. But that will already put us in an inferior position if it happens,” he said via the official Arsenal website.
“Yes, you can take Real Madrid as maybe a favourite to win, because they are the holders of the competition. But even against Real Madrid, we’ll have a chance to qualify and we’ll have to do the absolute maximum to achieve that.”
The Frenchman also insisted the Gunners were determined to qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009/10 and feels his side are due some luck in the competition.
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“It’s another inconvenient fact for us that we haven’t qualified for the quarter-final for six years. That will be a huge challenge for my group but I’m sure we will relish that.
“I don’t know who decides the luck but I haven’t found the way to speak to this person!”
Real Madrid certainly were not at their best in the group stages having been held by Legia Warsaw and twice by Dortmund and on current form Arsenal will go into Monday’s draw with confidence.