Ahead of Monday draw for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League, Arsenal fans fear the worst despite finishing first from Group A.
The Gunners who has been unlucky with knockout rounds pairings topped their group ahead of Paris Saint German on the final day with a comprehensive 4-1 away win at Basel while the French giants drew 2-2 at home to Bulgarian side Ludogorets.Nigerian youngster hails ‘Uncle’ Iheanacho
With winners of each group set to meet the runner-up, it has placed the Gunners in a delicate situation as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Benfica all finished second in their respective groups.
Interestingly, Bayern knocked Arsenal out of the 2013 and 2014 UEFA Champions League round of 16 matches where the Gunners were bungled out last season at the same stage by less fancied AS Monaco.
Arsenal may pray for a tie against the likes of Benfica and will fancy themselves against the Los Blancos whom they beat at the Santiago Bernabeu courtesy a Thierry Henry goal two minutes into the second half in a UEFA Champions League match.
The Gunners drew the return leg at home to qualify and made it all the way to the final where they lost 2-1 against Barcelona. So, playing Real Madrid in the round of 16 may just be a good omen for the Gunners.MORE | Tottenham 3–1 CSKA: Akinfeev UCL woes continue