Who would you rather see in the knockout stage?
With the knockout stage draw next Friday, who would you like to match up with in the next round?
I personally am partial to the Russian teams. They will be just back from pre-season and might not be incredibly match fit. I also wouldn't mind seeing FC Basel as we handled them reasonably easily a couple of years ago. Lyon is a type of team that Arsene Wenger has had success against as manager. Bayer Leverkusen is an unknown to me and I assume we could get past them. Then there's Napoli and AC Milan, Arsenal have had a lot of success in the past against Italian teams but I think they have to be the scariest as far as potential match ups due to who they had to play in their group stages.
I think on a more serious note, I am just happy to be in this stage of the competition. It could be worse, we could be Manchester and already be out of the competition. We are already assured knockout stage money and as much as I would like to go on in the most prestigious competition in Europe, I don't think our squad depth allows us to be viable in the 3 remaining competitions, especially having to make up for the horrendous start in August.
What do you guys/gals think?
Do we want a test or an easy trek to the next round?
How much effort should we put in to European competition with such a dogfight to get back in to the top 4 ahead of us?