Confirmed: The six teams Arsenal can draw in Champions League knockout stages

Arsenal qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League as group winners this week, marking a rare change in fortunes.

In recent seasons they have not been past the last 16, and the theory is that by finishing top of their group ahead of PSG, they have ensured an easier draw.

Looking at the list of possible teams they could land in Friday’s draw, ‘easy’ is not exactly an apt description.

The Gunners are unable to draw Premier League rivals Manchester City nor group competitors PSG, reducing the number of teams to six.

Here they are…

Benfica

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Bayern Munich

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Bayer Leverkusen

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Real Madrid

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Porto

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Sevilla

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There are no straight forward draws for the Gunners, although Bayer Leverkusen are probably the most favourable team they could get.

The nightmare draws would be against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, which would make Arsenal instantly wish they finished second in their group instead.

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