Following last week’s 2 – 2 draw at the Emirates Stadium Paris Saint-Germain are in prime position to finish top of Group A ahead of the Gunners.
This would mark the fifth consecutive season that Arsenal has finished second in its group unless Ludogorets can cause an upset at the Parc des Princes next month. While the team is still highly likely to go through to the next round it means that they are likely to face some tough opposition.
As things stand Arsenal could find themselves against Barcelona, Atletico Madrid or Monaco. Other possible opponents include Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund, Juventus or Sevilla and Napoli, Benfica or Beiktas.
If the unexpected happens and Arsenal manage to finish top of Group A their last 16 opponents could be Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen or Porto. While Bayern Munich is a tough side it certainly looks like an easier draw.
This means that once again Arsenal is facing a challenging route to the quarter-finals. The team has been knocked out of the competition at the last 16 stage in each of the last six seasons with second place group stage finishes costing them dearly.
Last season it was Barcelona that delivered the fatal blow beating Arsenal 5 – 1 on aggregate. Before that it was Monaco, in 2013 and 2014 Bayern Munich sent them out of the competition, in 2012 AC Milan sent Arsenal home and in 2011 it was Barcelona that defeated the team 4 – 3.
Arense Wenger will be praying that history doesn’t repeat itself and he is sure to be keeping an equally close eye on PSG’s match next week while Arsenal travel to Basel. However, considering that PSG defeated Ludogorets 1 – 3 when they played in November, a second place finish for Arsenal is almost a certainty.