Arsenal’s victory over FC Basel on Tuesday night, coupled with PSG’s surprise draw at home to Ludogorets means the Gunners go into Monday’s Champions League draw as group winners for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Arsene Wenger’s side should theoretically at least, receive a kinder draw, and will hope to make it past the round of 16 for the first time since 2009-10 having been knocked out at the same stage for the last six seasons in a row.
The good news for the Gunners is that they will definitely miss some big names in the draw with Wenger’s men unable to draw Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund or Juventus who have also finished as group winners.
However, this year’s competitions has thrown up a few surprises with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Sevilla all finishing as runners-up and therefore potential last 16 opponents.
Here’s the list in full:
- Arsenal ready a £25million bid for a ‘rising star’ of Dutch football
- Arsene Wener to return to dugout since leaving Arsenal in 2018
- Arsenal target ex-midfielder transfer after four years apart
Finished behind Monaco in Group E and helped knock Tottenham out of the competition with a 1-0 win at Wembley. Having a less than impressive season domestically, where they are ninth while star striker Javier Hernandez is without a goal since October 1.
The German champions were surprisingly beaten to top spot by Atletico Madrid, and also suffered a shock defeat at FC Rostov along the way but are familiar opponents for the Gunners who were knocked out by Bayern in 2013-14 in the first knockout round. However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are yet to find their best form, and currently trail Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig by three points.
Finished behind Napoli after being beaten at home by the Serie A side in the final group game and managed just two wins in six group games. Are currently top of the table in Portugal after 12 games but there will be few complaints if Arsenal draw Rui Vitoria’s side.
Finished behind Leicester City in Group G and were beaten by the Premier League champions at the King Power Stadium but gained revenge in the final group game by thrashing a weakened Foxes side. Are four points off the pace in the Primeira Liga behind Benfica and Sporting and, on paper, are one of the kinder draws.
The reigning champions had to settle for second place after failing to beat Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu in their final group game and will certainly be the team everyone wants to avoid. Zinedine Zidane’s side currently top La Liga by six points from Barcelona.
Jorge Sampaoli’s men finished behind Juventus in Group H but make no mistake the Liga side will prove very tricky opponents. Sevilla lie third in La Liga behind Real Madrid and Barcelona but have already beaten Atletico Madrid this season and will give any team in the knockout stages a huge test.
Ties are scheduled to be played on the 14-15 February 2017 and the 21-22 February 2017 with the second legs on the 7-8 March 2017 and the 14-15 March 2017.