Manchester United legend Gary Neville seems to suggest that Arsenal could struggle to get past the last-16 stage of the Champions League this season.
The Gunners will face one of the following six teams for a place in the quarter-finals of the competition: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, AS Monaco, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and FC Porto.
“I think if you are Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, you would be looking and thinking: ‘we have too much for Arsenal”, Neville told Sky Sports.
While Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are arguably the three strongest teams in entire Europe, many would back Arsenal to get the better of Atletico Madrid.
Although the Spanish champions seem to be coping well with the departures of star striker Diego Costa among others in the summer and are just four points off the pace in La Liga, Gunners fans will fancy their chances against them.
Perhaps the fact that Arsenal are also-rans in the Champions League makes it easier for the opponents and for pundits to write off their chances.
No one genuinely believes that Arsene Wenger’s side can go all the way, and the North London outfit seem to struggle in the knockout rounds anyway.
It will be interesting to see who Arsenal get in the last-16 tie. With Mesut Ozil expected to recover by the resumption of the Champions League in February and Alexis Sanchez in red-hot form, maybe this season other teams will be more wary of Arsenal.