The Champions League draw was today and Barça garnered a date with Arsenal. I wanted Milan, but Arsenal is a delicious draw as well. Oh yes, indeed. Sure, now we have to live with Sport and MD going nuts about the grand and crazy return of one Cesc Fabregas, but eh, we can live with that because of the games that will be on display.
Will we win? I suppose that’s a possibility. It’s not like Arsenal is some sort of a mom and pop organization; they’re certainly better than they were a couple of years ago and, I would wager based on what I’ve seen of them this year, they’re better than they were when we met them one stage later last year.
They’ve still got some injury issues (it seems like every week someone else gets a several week knock), but if they come in healthy we’ll have our hands full. They brought in Chamakh, Koscielny, and Squillaci while getting rid of Fran Mérida, Senderos, Gallas, Silvestre, Campbell, and Eduardo da Silva. Some decent moves, if you ask me (especially dropping Mérida), though Squillaci has never impressed me and I’ve always thought Eduardo was good.
The rest of the draw is: Roma-Shakhtar, Milan-Tottenham, Valencia-Schalke, Inter-Bayern, Lyon-RM, Copenhagen-Chelsea, Marseilles-ManU. Off the top of my head, Milan-Tottenham will be the best, then Inter-Bayern, though they’ve all got something going for them and it’s hard to pick a “favorite”. I’m sure Chelsea fans are stoked, but they’re in for a rude awakening against FCK, which gave us a run for our money.