Arsenal May Face Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Paris Saint Germain in The Champions League Group Stage

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Arsenal may face Bayern Munich, Barcelona, or Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League group stage next season if Manchester City win the Premier League.

Arsenal will return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2016–17 season after securing the maximum points in the Premier League.

The Gunners had already lost the league, with Manchester City needing just a victory to secure their third Premier League trophy in the last four years.

Arsenal players celebrating after winning a match

However, after a trophyless season for Arsenal, the fans are already focusing on their return to European football.

It may be a different competition entirely for Mikel Arteta, with a group of death in the pipeline.

Due to their lack of success in the Champions League in recent years, Arsenal are likely to get into Pot 3.

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Arsenal fans in a celebration mood

This will put Arsenal in a difficult situation to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage.

Pot 1 will be filled with different qualities and winners from the top leagues in Europe, and it may be followed by Europa League and Conference League winners.

Arsenal may face Bayern Munich, who humiliated them in their last Champions League appearance. The North London team lost 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.

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Arteta last appearance in the Champions League was as a player

Alternatively, Arsenal could draw Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Barcelona, Benfica, or Feyenoord from Pot 1.

They can’t draw Manchester City because they are from the same country.

From Pot 2, The London side may draw reigning champion Real Madrid, who lost the La Liga title to Barcelona. Real Madrid remain the most experienced team in the Champions League.

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The Champions League

Meanwhile, in Pot 3, Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Salzburg, and Lazio may join Arsenal.

In Pot 4, Marseille may be paired to play Arsenal. If this happens, it is going to be a reunion between the club and Alexis Sanchez, Nuno Tavares, Matteo Guendouzi, and Sead Kolasinac.

How Can Arsenal Avoid the Champions League Group of Death?

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Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale celebrating after winning a match


One thing that could save Arsenal from the group of death is winning the Premier League, which does not look realistic.

If they win the Premier League, the team will be moved to Pot 1, and they will surely avoid the European big guns.

Another scenario that could see Mikel Arteta men move away from the Pot 3 is if Juventus wins the Europa League.

If Juventus wins, they will be moved into Pot 1, and Arsenal will get into Pot 2.

Also, if Real Madrid or Inter Milan win the Champions League, they move to Pot 1, and The North London side may be reshuffled to Pot 2.

Also, judging from the point of view of the UEFA club coefficient in terms of ranking, The Gunners may get to Pot 2 if RB Leipzig get overtaken by Union Berlin and Freiburg on the Bundesliga table.

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