Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are ready to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League
Arsene Wenger discusses next week's Champions League draw and what it means for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has insisted that his Arsenal team do not fear any opponents ahead of the Champions League draw next week.
The Arsenal manager watched his side secure their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition as group winners on Tuesday night thanks to their impressive 4-1 win over Basel.
The north London side are now waiting to discover which team they will be pitted against in the first knockout round as they look to advance to the quarter-finals.
However, Wenger has insisted that he is not worried about who his team will face in the next round because he feels that Arsenal have the quality to beat anyone.
Speaking to Arsenal’s website on Thursday, Wenger said: “You look at the teams you can get, some look more prestigious, more difficult, and you would like me to say, ‘I do not want this or that’. But that will already put us in an inferior position if it happens.
“Yes, you can take Real Madrid as maybe a favourite to win, because they are the holders of the competition. But even against Real Madrid, we’ll have a chance to qualify and we’ll have to do the absolute maximum to achieve that.
“It’s another inconvenient fact for us that we haven’t qualified for the quarter-final for six years.
“That will be a huge challenge for my group but I’m sure we will relish that.”
Who can Arsenal get in the Champions League last 16?
Arsenal have not made it past the last 16 stage of the Champions League for six years.
The Gunners have never won the competition but came close in 2006, when they lost to Barcelona in the final in Paris.