There can be no excuses for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. “The Professor” was unable to lead his team of Gunner’s into top spot in their Champions League group meaning they will have to face the might of Spanish Giants Barcelona.
Despite Arsenal winning their first three games of the group stage to put them in pole position for the seeded spot, they came unstuck on their travels and now, a possible price might be paid.
Wenger, however will not be too concerned. The group is over, the draw is finished, there is nothing else he and his Arsenal team can now do except prepare to meet them for the second time in two years. Last seasons knock out game will not have been forgotten by the North London team, an aggregate score of 6-3.
This is football though, and past results count for nothing, they will have the disadvantage of facing Barcelona at the Emirates stadium first, although it is only a disadvantage if you leak goals at home. A clean sheet at home and the second tie brings out much anxiety for the home side. Should Arsenal be able to hold Barca in the first leg, then pressure to these ageing footballing specialists could tell.
The draw will look nasty on paper for Arsenal fans, but they, as well as Wenger will know that sometimes even giants can crumble.