Who Arsenal could face in Champions League last-16 after winning group in style as The Arteta Men set to face Tougher opponent that will disgrace them out of the Champions League
Arsenal’s remarkable journey in the Champions League saw them secure a commanding 6-0 triumph over Lens, clinching their spot in the coveted last 16. This victory added another chapter to their impressive return to the competition, especially after the setback of losing to the French side in the reverse fixture. Despite that lone defeat, the Gunners displayed dominance in the group stage, with six different players showcasing their prowess by finding the net at the Emirates Stadium on a thrilling Wednesday night. The significance of this win not only ensured qualification with a required point but also secured their place at the summit of the group.
As the final round of fixtures approaches, the anticipation builds for Arsenal, aware that they will face one of the group runners-up in the round of 16. The possibilities are diverse, with other groups still having loose ends to tie up. Mirror Football has the comprehensive details on potential opponents for Arsenal in the upcoming challenge.
Heading into the last game, only two teams have solidified their positions as group runners-up. PSV, having faced Arsenal in the group stage, is ruled out as a potential opponent. On the other hand, RB Leipzig emerges as a contender, setting the stage for a potential clash with the Gunners.
Intriguingly, the stipulation that teams from the same country cannot meet in the round of 16 eliminates Newcastle and Manchester United, both capable of securing second place in their respective groups, from the list of possible opponents for Arsenal.
This leaves Arsenal with a varied array of potential adversaries based on who secures second place in their respective groups. The options include Napoli or Braga, Real Sociedad or Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid or Lazio, Borussia Dortmund, PSG or AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Barcelona, Porto or Shakhtar Donetsk, and Galatasaray or FC Copenhagen.
Analyzing the probabilities, certain opponents stand out. Barcelona appears almost certain to claim the top spot in their group, with either Porto or Shakhtar expected to finish as the runner-up. Dortmund, requiring just a point in their final game to top their group, seems poised to avoid a matchup with Arsenal.
As Arsenal fans eagerly await the draw for the round of 16, the myriad possibilities add an extra layer of excitement to their Champions League journey.