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Piers Morgan makes bold promise if Arsenal fail to reach Champions League last 16

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Arsenal couldn't have hoped for an easier Champions League group heading into the 2016/17 campaign.

The Gunners were drawn with Paris Saint-Germain, FC Basel and Ludogorets in Group A on Thursday night and will be favourites to progress alongside the Ligue 1 champions.

Optimism is hard to come by amongst fans at the moment, though, so there will undoubtedly be reservations where their chances of securing a place in the last 16 are concerned.


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Predictably, Piers Morgan was very vocal about Arsenal's draw and so confident - or perhaps desperate - is the TV personality that his beloved side will progress through the group stages that he's made a rather bold promise.

And surprise surprise, it involves arch nemesis Gary Lineker.

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He wrote on Twitter: "If Arsenal don't qualify from this group, I'll wear @GaryLineker's underpants.

Lineker quickly responded to Morgan's pledge - and quite brilliantly at that - which saw the pair exchange a few blows.

Arsenal face further embarrassment should they fail to progress past the Champions League group stages, so the pressure is well and truly on.

But even reaching the last 16 won't be enough for the club's frustrated fans, who have watched their side crash out of the competition at the same stage in each of the last six seasons.

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Arsene Wenger will be acutely aware of his side's poor record in recent years and so, in an attempt to end such a run, one or two further arrivals are possible before the summer transfer window shuts next week.

Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez is reportedly on Arsenal's radar and could arrive at the Emirates Stadium for a fee in the region of £20 million, whilst Shkodran Mustafi continues to be linked with a £26 million move.

Whether Wenger manages to get both deals over the line remains to be seen but, after the Frenchman claimed he spends Arsenal's money as if it was his own, a sense of doubt looms.


He said, per the Mirror: "I personally believe the only way to be a manager is to spend the club's money as if it were your own, because if you don’t do that you’re susceptible to too many mistakes.

"You make big decisions and I believe you have to act like it’s your own money - like you’re the owner of the club and you can identify completely with the club, because if you don’t do that I think you cannot go far."

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