List of Arsenal’s possible opponents in Champions League last 16

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Napoli

Napoli seal qualification at point-less VillarrealThe Italian side forced their way into the last 16 of the competition by particularly tormenting Manchester City. They were the only side in the group which Mancini’s men failed to register a win against and finished runners-up to Bayern Munich with 11 points – as many as Arsenal gathered themselves to top their group of course.

Napoli’s Champions League campaign so far has been led by the prolific Edinson Cavani who netted four goals – two of them against Man. City – in the group stage.

CSKA Moscow

Lyon, Basel, CSKA, Napoli complete last 16CSKA needed only two wins and two draws from six matches to progress to the knock-out stage after finishing in second place in Group B.

The Russian side had recorded indifferent results ahead of the final match of the group stage, and indeed, had it not been a dramatic 2-1 win at the San Siro over Inter Milan, it would have been underdogs Trabzonspor who qualified at their expense.

FC Basel

Brilliant Basel hit heights to knock out UnitedAfter securing arguably one of the biggest scalps in European football for sometime, Basel were rewarded with a place in the Champions League last 16 for only the second time in their history.

Optimism was at top gear once they began their campaign with a 2-1 win over Oţelul Galaţi at home, and when they followed up that result with a scintillating 3-3 draw at Old Trafford, Europe was starting to take note of the Swiss side.

Only group winners Benfica tasted victory over Basel in their solitary defeat in the group stage, and the Portuguese side’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United gifted Basel a golden chance of qualifiying to the round of 16 as runners-up as long us they came up with an upset at home to United in the final group-stage match. And they did exactly that. A 2-1 win over the red devils ensured that Siwtzerland will be represented in Europe’s elite club competition for the next phase at least.

Lyon

Records tumble as Lyon make remarkable progressLike Arsenal, Lyon came into this season’s Champions League campaign looking to preserve a consistent record of making it out of the group stages season after season. But the French side nearly saw their reliable reputation in tatters as with a game left in the first round of the competition, Lyon were favourites to be eliminated at the expense of Ajax who were in a comfortable position to join group winners Real Madrid as Group D’s survivors.

Barring the unlikely case of a heavy home defeat for Ajax against Real Madrid and a thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb on the final day, Lyon were to see an early exit from the Champions League. But they did exactly what was required to avoid that fate – even setting a new club record of their biggest ever win in the competition – as seven goals after going behind to Dinamo Zagreb clinched a 7-1 victory for them to take the unlikely route which was also decided by Madrid’s 3-0 win in Amsterdam. Bafétimbi Gomis who scored four times in that thumping will be the biggest concern for Lyon’s next opponents.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Leverkusen - Chelsea reactionDespite beginning their campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, Michael Ballack’s Bayer Leverkusen were always odds-on to remain in the fight to progress from the group, largely due to lack of competition from bottom side Genk who paved the way for Chelsea, Valencia and Leverkusen to battle it out for the top two places.

Indeed, after beating Chelsea 2-1 at home, the German side were heading for top spot in the group until a 1-1 draw on the final matchday against Genk – coupled with a win over Valencia in favour of their London rivals – denied them from achieving that feat in Group E.

Zenit St Petersburg

Zenit - Shakhtar Donetsk reactionZenit joined unlikely Group G top dogs APOEL in the last 16 of the Champions League courtesy of quite an ugly battle which saw them muster nine points from six games in the end.

Andrey Arshavin’s former club began their campaign with a 2-1 defeat at APOEL, but that was followed up with vital home victories over Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk to keep their hopes very much alive in the competition. The Russian side still had to shoot a hero’s scene on the final matchday as a 0-0 draw at Porto – full of last-ditch defending and rescues by the goalkeeper – saw them qualify as runners-up of the group at the expense of their frustrated Portuguese foes.

AC Milan

Plzeň - Milan reactionPitting their wits against minows Plzeň and BATE, Milan were always favourites to survive Group H alongside Barcelona. And so they did. The Italian side’s first fixture was a tough trip to their Spanish rivals, but Alexandre Pato’s side were unfazed and a dramatic 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou made it clear that the Italian side could be legitimate contenders for Europe’s biggest crown this season.

However, complacency caught up with Massimiliano Allegri’s side after they secured a last 16 place with several games to spare. Indeed, AC Milan could only muster two points from their final three games – including a 2-2 draw which was gifted late on to Plzeň on the final matchday.

* Since Arsenal topped Group F, they can only be drawn against a side which finished second in their group. All the teams above were runners-up in their respective groups. No two teams from the same country can be drawn against each other until the quarter-final stage.

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18 thoughts on “List of Arsenal’s possible opponents in Champions League last 16

  1. I am over the moon the red faced has been eliminated.I believe his secret burining ambition is to dominate in Europe.That he is the greatest football manager is in doubt but I think to carry his domination over to Europe is imho a bridge beyond him.
    He has to be satsfied being lord of the epl.But cl? Not likely in the immediate future. If he is smart he should quit while at the top before being pushed out. Yeah I know prematur e calls of his demise have been repeately shown to be way off but with the billions of MC he is no more the sole buyer of top talent in the transfer market.

  2. Congratulation to wenger for leading his side to the last 16, he only need to add one or two players to fill the gap that will be left by the three African players

  3. Arsenal really make me proud by wining a match at the time of need. Am confident that Arsenal can beat every other team in the World. Waiting for the draws. Gunners till infinity

  4. If you want to win the cl,you will have to beat the best.The best are Bayern,R madrid and barcelona.I believe the gunners are better sutied to facing the likes of any of the three tems and indeed any other team.
    The reason for my confidence is the gk has improved considerably and likewise the defence.barca can’t be winning all the time.So I say bring on messi and company.I wager he won’t score four goals this time against the gunners.

  5. wow,we made it afta series of shortcomins dis season……Manager arsene is a world class coach.Wenger has really shame his critics.i bet he keep van persie fit dis season to help our team hit massively in all competitions.Am confident wenger will bring new faces in january window transfer,but he shld make his buy secret like he did last transfer….cos oda clubs upset him by nabbin d talents he discovers any window transfer.Despite fergie dominatin in EPL,wenger is d best in england.No manager can be like him.Am proud to be an arsenal supporter ova d decades.pls wenger a trophy we need dis season to keep our stars mostly Robin van persie.congratulation to chelsea football team for qualification………Arsenal till ma lastday.

  6. We can beat any team…….we aint afraid of any team,bring any team on ……..we are ready…….dis is our season to burst champayne…………..but i dnt want Manuel Almunia in goal post cos he aint succesful.he is labelled as a flop,he shld leave our team january window.I luv arsene wenger,gudluck to him dis season to shame his critics.gunners 4 life…….

  7. We can beat any team…….we aint afraid of any one,bring any team on ……..we are ready…….dis is our season to burst champayne…………..but i dnt want Manuel Almunia in goal post cos he aint succesful.he is labelled as a flop,he shld leave our team january window.I luv arsene wenger,gudluck to him dis season to shame his critics.gunners 4 life…….

  8. With £ity & united out,we need 2 strenghten our squad & move on b/c they will now come bk & concentrate on d league.We may get 2 quarter-finals,but we can’t risk losing our key players 2 injury wt no replacements & dropping points in the league.Point of correction,we are going for d league not 4th place.

  9. We arsenal we not fearing any club in this world of Adam, bring any,wea r playing much better and with commitment when we are playing with big teams like Baca,madrid,Ac millan,Intermillan,Bayern Munchen…………..and what may be…………..WENGER AND ARSENAL U R THE REASON WHY AM LIVING………………

  10. We arsenal, not fearing any club in this world of Adam, bring any,we r playing much better and with commitment when we are playing with big teams like Baca,madrid,Ac millan,Intermillan,Bayern Munchen…………..and what may be…………..WENGER AND ARSENAL U R THE REASON WHY AM LIVING………………CLASSIC CLUB……………

  11. The Arsenal has a history of doing well against Italian’s club but Napoli looks dangerous among all the other prospects which Arsenal might face in the last 16. Anyway, to be a champion, we must have strong self belief and fear no one.. Go Gunners go..

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