Arsenal: 4 Teams the Gunners Will Want to Avoid in the Last-16 UCL Draw
Despite their defeat at the hands of Olympiakos in the final group-stage match, Arsenal managed to progress to the knockout stage of UEFA Champions League for the 13th consecutive time!
Having finished second in their group—behind Schalke 04—the Gunners will be amongst the unseeded teams in the draw for the last-16 phase.
So, what teams will Arsenal want to avoid in the last-16 UCL draw?
Continue reading to find out.
Let's start with the obvious.
No team in the world would want to come up against Barcelona at the moment, and Arsenal are no different than the rest.
What is more, the Blaugrana have become a bogey team for the Gunners in recent history, as they have knocked them out in their last three head-to-head knockout-stage matches. Arsenal fans will also remember the 2006 Champions League final in which Barcelona overturned a one-goal disadvantage to win the competition.
With their dreadful record against Barcelona and their poor performances in the group stage, Arsenal will definitely want to avoid the Blaugrana in the Champions League.
Another team everyone will want to avoid in the knockout stage are Bayern Munich, a team that stormed through its group and is now waiting for its next victim.
The fact that they played in two of the last three Champions League finals should not be forgotten or underestimated.
The Bavarians are a fearless outfit and Arsenal will not want to play them any time soon.
After failing miserably in their Champions League campaign last year, Borussia Dortmund are now back stronger than ever.
Not only did they top the so-called "Group of Death" this season, but they also went unbeaten in their first six Champions League matches.
Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski will spearhead Dortmund's hunt for Champions League success, and only a few will not want to avoid them in the knockout stage.
Needless to say, Arsenal will not want to come up against the German champions.
After spending heavily on transfers in the summer of 2012, Paris Saint-Germain are back on the European scene, hungry for immediate success.
Les Parisiens were more than convincing in the group stage, winning five out of six matches, and are now willing to take on anyone.
And with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi in their squad, PSG have every right to be optimistic going into the knockout stage.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have already had problems in the Champions League.
Having barely made it to the last-16 phase, the Gunners will want to avoid the teams that are performing well at the moment.
All in all, PSG are more than capable of beating Arsenal in the last-16 phase.