Champions League

Arsenal draw Barcelona, Man United get Bayern Munich…

Wenger – miffed?

Arsene Wenger

And so it’s happened. It was another glitzy affair, definitely up there with some of the most spectacularly entertaining Champions League draws of the last few years, including overblown montages, and an awkward conversation between Gianni Infantino and Emilio Butragueno – who, by the way, sounds rather like Christopher Walken when he speaks.

This is how it panned out (well done to 25 per cent of Spoiler readers who correctly called the Arsenal draw!):

Quarter Finals:

Lyon v Bordeaux

Bayern Munich v Man United

Arsenal v Barcelona

Inter v CSKA Moscow

Semi Finals:

Bayern or Man United v Lyon or Bordeaux

Inter or CSKA Moscow v Arsenal or Barcelona 

Not bad for Man United. Not great for Arsenal.


14 responses so far
  • Carles // March 19, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Well, if everything goes normal. We will have last year’s repeated final and…I’d say Barça is a little better than ManU this year than last year.

  • berry // March 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    what a pair of games they’re gonna be with arsenal barca. it’s not a bad draw for arsenal by any means. no team in there are better equipped to knock barca out. wenger will just be happy to have avoided united & mourinho for now.

  • Kaka // March 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    For Barcelona, this match is perfect – they play a non-physical side, with a frail defense, and a weak midfield, who require possession of the football, which is something they’ll not see too much of.

  • Robert // March 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing Arshavin vs Alves and Walcott against Abidal!

    Hopefully Nik will do the business!

  • shauny // March 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Arsenal Weak midfield? Involving a player Barcelona will be breaking the bank to sign in the summer… dont think they’ll see it like that.

    For Arsenal, this match is perfect – they play a non-physical side, with a frail defense, and a weak midfield, who require possession of the football, which is something they’ll not see too much of.

  • Flor // March 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Dani Alves – Puyol : frailty personified, I’m sure. Not even getting into the midfield comment, because surely.

    I don’t think these descriptions are really fair for Arsenal either, but applying them to Barcelona is just silly.

  • shauny // March 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    looking at is as an outsider, I see one team coming into their prime, full of confidence & ambition, against another riddled with players whose careers are slowing down & have all their eggs in a messi shaped basket. over two legs that’s gonna show. & when I check this message board on the 1st april (ahem) I’m pretty sure I wont see any posts from yourself arguing the above.

  • f1sh // March 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Arsenal boys will be whipped, and old paedo Wenger will cry

  • The Wonderous EPL // March 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Ha … Yes, you’re exactly right, Xavi and Iniesta form an extremely weak midfield.

  • Jay // March 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Everyone keeps saying Barcelona has a weak defense. Pique and Puyol are the first choice CB’s of the Spanish national team. If Xavi is still out in midfield their going to face toure and busquets both physical DM’s. Physical enough to hand arsenal.

  • Carles // March 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Has Barça a weak defence? are you having a laugh?
    Check the numbers: 26 games played. 16 goals conceded. BTW, Barça won 20 of these 26 matches and scored 64 goals.
    Much worse than last year though.

  • shauny // March 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

    yeah they looked particularly tight yesterday! mind you zaragoza are flying this season(?).

    great going forward, wobbly at the back.

  • Carles // March 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    OK, try to find a team in the world with 25 clean sheets in all competitions by March.

  • shauny // April 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    like I said… wobbly defence. pompeys back four would hardly be troubled in la liga, it’s weak bar 4/5 teams.

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