UCL & Europa knockout round draws are complete

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  1. SAMCRO

    SAMCRO

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    So Arsenal's reward for winning their group ahead of PSG is.... Bayern. You could have predicted that one. They always seem to draw Bayern or a Spanish giant early. Not that PSG got off any easier, they get Barca.

    UCL
    City v Monaco
    Real v Napoli
    Benfica v Dortmund
    Bayern v Arsenal
    Porto v Juventus
    Leverkusen v Atletico
    PSG v Barcelona
    Sevilla v Leicester

    For Europa, Series A teams were not treated well in the draw with some really tough first round games. United is the favorite to win Europa according to the bookmakers.

    Europa
    Gent v Spurs
    United v Saint-Etienne - a battle of Pogba's as Paul's older brother plays for Saint-Etienne
    M'gladbach v Fiorentina - tough break for both
    Villarreal v Roma - another really tough first round draw for both teams
    Athletic Bilbao v Apoel Nicosia
    Legia Warsaw v Ajax
    Anderlecht v Zenit St Petersburg
    Astra Giurgiu v Genk
    Ludogorets v FC Copenhagen
    Celta Vigo v Shakhtar Donetsk
    Olympiakos v Osmanlispor
    Rostov v Sparta Prague
    Krasnodar v Fenerbahce
    AZ Alkmaar v Lyon
    Hapoel Beer Sheva v Besiktas
    PAOK v Schalke
     
  2. Waquoit

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    I have an idea, how about all the Arsenal fans put on their big boy pants and quit whining? Bayern can be had.
     
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  3. SAMCRO

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    Arsenal fans don't have big boy pants, and the men pee sitting down.
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    I do agree tho, this is the year to take Bayern. Arsenal fans should be bummed the round doesn't begin next week as they appear to be in top form and Bayern is just so-so. February is a long way away though. They've drawn each other in this round or group play something like each of the last 5 years.
     
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  4. meyers7

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    It just gets old, year after year. We finally win the Group and still end up with them. It would be nice to play someone different for a change. When the traveling fans get to the pubs in Germany, everybody there knows their name already.

    But yea, I think we can, (not necessarily will) beat them this year. We'll see.
     
  5. Waquoit

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    @meyers7 Here's is my one question about Arsenal this year. Whenever I tune in, I see Oxley-Chamberlain doing something positive. Except when he is sitting. I assume you catch most of the Gunners games, why does he ever sit?
     
  6. meyers7

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    Well, he has been doing much better this year. He and Walcott are/have been healthy for awhile. In the past they'd get a run of 4-5 games and then get hurt. But Iwobi is also doing quite well this year (more in creating than scoring). Along with Sanchez and Giroud. Both who are scoring when they play. Add in Perez who has 5 goals in 8 appearances, and for once Arsenal has a decent strike squad. Mostly it's just rotation now, except for Sanchez, who pretty much plays every game. It's hard enough to get him to come off at 80 minutes.

    Sanchez, Özil and Koscielny pretty much play whenever they are available. The rest get rotated a bit. Which is nice. More competition, keep everyone on their toes. Keep injuries down. Keep players somewhat happy.

    Sanchez - 13 goals / 21 app
    Walcott - 10 goals / 18 app
    Chamberlain 6 goals / 20 app
    Giroud - 5 goals / 13 app (11 subs)
    Perez - 5 goals / 8 app
    Iwobi - 2 goals / 19 app

    In January, Welbeck is supposed to be back too. He's done pretty well when he is healthy too. Just never really healthy for very long.