Michael Owen comments on Champions League draw

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen comments on Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City’s chances of progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has backed Arsenal and Chelsea to progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.

While the Gunners have been drawn against AS Monaco, their London rivals will take on Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the quarter-finals.

Defending English champions Manchester City have a tough tie against Spanish giants Barcelona, who are one of the favourites to win the competition this season.

“Great draw for Arsenal today,” Owen wrote on Sportlobster.com. “Tough for Chelsea but I still fancy them to go through.

“Man City have got a toughie but they are starting to hit form and you can't expect an easy tie when you don't win your group.”

Arsenal will indeed fancy their chances against Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, despite the first leg of the tie being held at the Emirates Stadium in North London.

The Premier League club have the better team, and with Mesut Ozil expected to be back in the New Year, the Gunners could prove to be too strong for Monaco.

Chelsea and City, though, could get knocked out of the Champions League. While PSG have a really brilliant squad, Barcelona have a certain Lionel Messi.

Given the form of Chelsea and City, many Premier League followers would back them to get through to the quarter-finals, but that optimism should be tempered.

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