Wenger shares why he is not feeling guilty after Arsenal win
By Matt Farr
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to avoid a difficult draw in the Champions League knockout stages.
The Gunners finished top of their group for the first time in seven seasons, having defeated Basel 4-1 on Tuesday night.
There was still work to do though, with group minnows Ludogorets needing to avoid defeat against Paris Saint-Germain for Arsenal to have any chance of finishing top.
The Bulgarian side held PSG to a 2-2 draw in Paris.
The draw for the next round takes place on Monday, and Arsene Wenger believes that while he was pleased his side finished the job in Group A, a difficult draw is still possible.
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He told BBC Sport: “We can still have a difficult draw. But there’s less guilt when you finish first in the group because you feel you have done your job and you play the second leg of the first knockout tie at home
“It is what we wanted but, at the moment, the difficulty of the draw will not be much different.”
Wenger will be pleased though, that his side will not come up against Barcelona at the next stage. The Spanish giants have ended Arsenal’s European dreams on four occasions in the last 11 years.
They could however, still be drawn against their nemesis from the 2013 and 2014 competitions. Bayern Munich.
The German side finished the group-stage campaign behind Atletico Madrid in second-place, while reigning champions Real Madrid also remain in second in their group ahead of their clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.
Arsenal and Wenger still have reason to be pleased ahead of the draw, and they will be hoping to land a knockout round tie with the likes of Benfica or Bayer Leverkusen.
The final group-stage games take place on Wednesday night this week, with the draw for the next round taking place on Monday 12 December.
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