Following last night's draw with
Porto, Arsenal go through to the knockout stages as group winners.
Here are the runners up from the group stage, which we could face
when the draw in conducted on Friday week (at 11am, if I've worked
out the time zones right).|
Ok, so we'll be at home in the second leg, which is a slight
advantage. But let's not pretend that that's going to worry
Real, Barca, or Inter too much. So, should we be glad about
winning the group? Here are the group winners.
We can't be drawn against an English team (in this
round only). Not a lot in it really I suppose, at least
in the first list there are 2, 3, maybe 4 sides that
we'd definitely be expecting an on-form Arsenal to
beat. The thing is, we're not on form. If we'd won the group
in style it'd be something to be pleased about. These matches
won't start till the 21st February, so we do at least have a bit of time
to pick up form and confidence. And, at the end of the day, we're
through. Arsenal have a tradition of a few years now of finding it more difficult
when things are less pressured - as seen by our cup successes and
scrapings through of the group stages. Things can and will get better.
Final standings for all groups, and other stuff from the rest of the
competition, can be found on
the UEFA site.