Arsenal is in a good position going into the Champions League group stage after winning their first campaign under Mikel Arteta’s leadership and taking top spot in their group. With this victory, the Gunners gain a well-earned spot in the round of 16, which sets up an exciting draw to decide their next opponents.
The draw, which is slated for Monday, December 18th at 11:00 GMT, is sure to be a highly anticipated event that will give football fans a sneak peek at the possible matches that Arsenal may face. UEFA.com allows fans from all over the world to follow the action live, building excitement for what looks to be an exciting knockout stage.
The first leg of the last-16 match is scheduled for February 13th, 14th, 20th, or 21st. The return match is scheduled for March 5th, 6th, 12th, or 13th. Arsenal’s ability to play the second leg at home thanks to their strong group-stage performance that saw them win their group is a significant advantage.
As the anticipation grows, a few limitations give Arsenal’s possible opponents in the round of sixteen a hint of mystery. Interestingly, the Gunners cannot draw PSV Eindhoven, the team that finished second in their own division. Arsenal is also prohibited from playing any team from their own national association by UEFA regulations.
Luckily, Arsenal won’t have to worry about playing a domestic rival because Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Manchester City aren’t even in the running for a spot in the last 16.
The possible opponents of Arsenal become clear as the draw progresses. Denmark’s FC Copenhagen is one of the pools.
Italy’s Napoli, Inter Milan, and Lazio.
France’s Paris Saint-Germain.
German team RB Leipzig.
Portuguese FC Porto.
The Arsenal supporters can look forward to a unique mix of obstacles and thrills with each matchup.
It’s worth noting that the other group winners in the draw feature football powerhouses such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and FC Barcelona. While Arsenal steers clear of these formidable opponents in the last-16, the draw for the quarter-finals looms as an open canvas, with no restrictions in place should the Gunners progress to that stage.
In conclusion, the upcoming last-16 draw holds the key to Arsenal’s continued Champions League journey, and fans worldwide eagerly await the unfolding drama that will shape the path ahead for Mikel Arteta’s resilient squad.