In today's UEFA Champions League draw, in which the fortunes of the 16 remaining top Euro teams rested in the hands of men in suits grabbing ping pong balls, Arsenal drew Monaco for its Round of 16 Champions League matches.
Arsenal will look to advance to the elite eight for the first time since 2010 against a team that got to this stage by winning Group C against Bayer Leverkusen, Zenit, and Benfica (aka the Group of Delicious Cupcake Frosting). The final -- should Arsenal get that far -- will be in Berlin on Saturday, June 6. The road to Berlin could have placed formidable teams like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid directly into Arsenal's path, but in Monaco, Arsenal drew the opponent deemed by many to be the weakest of the eight group winners.
Arsenal and Monaco, of course, last faced off August 3 in the Emirates Cup, where Falcao (now plying his trade for Manchester United) scored the game's lone goal.
The rest of the Round of 16 Ball Grab went this way:
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. Atletico Madrid
Schalke vs. Real Madrid
Shaktar Donetsk vs. Bayern Munich
Basel vs. Porto
Here's what Mesut thought:
And here are the dates to circle on the calendar: