Arsenal players react to Champions League draw

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Arsenal fans are understandably very pleased with what looks a very favourable draw in the Champions League knockout stages, a sentiment shared by a trio of their top stars.

The Gunners were handed a two-legged tie against Monaco in this morning's last-16 draw, a clash that throws up a special return to the principality for boss Arsene Wenger.

Monaco gave Wenger the chance to cut his teeth as a top manager and it was a a chance he grabbed with both hands, winning both Ligue 1 and the French Cup during seven years at the club. Wenger will return to the Stade Louis II for the first time in two decades very confident of progression to the quarter-finals though, and so will his players.

Ozil happy Wenger got his dream draw

One Arsenal star quick to get his phone out and share thoughts on the draw was sidelined midfielder Mesut Ozil, who will expect to be back and in form by the time the first leg arrives on February 25th. 

Ozil will no doubt be particularly relieved Arsenal avoided a third meeting in as many years at this stage with Bayern Munich.

The £42.4 million man missed a penalty against Bayern at the Emirates last year and the Gunners never recovered, but Monaco pose nothing like the potent threat Bayern offer and it's clear to see why the World Cup winner used Twitter to share his enthusiasm for a kind draw that also ticks the box of keeping Wenger happy.

Ramsey & Podolski also weigh-in

You can also always count on Arsenal's maverick forward Lukas Podolski to weigh in on Twitter when it comes to pressing club issues, quickly asking Gunners fans what they thought about facing a side currently lying sixth in Ligue 1 after a relatively poor start to their domestic campaign.

Podolski probably didn't expect to be inundated with questions about his Arsenal future and role within the team though, which just goes to show that even a plum tie isn't enough to keep some Arsenal fans happy for 24 hours.

Away fans will be out in force

Gunners midfield maestro Aaron Ramsey took a different tact with his post-draw reaction, quick to point that Monaco away offers a brilliant trip for the travelling Gunners faithful.

The allocation might be pretty small at the 18,000 capacity Stade Louis II, but that second leg easily offers Arsenal fans their best chance to celebrate winning a Champions League knockout tie since 2010.

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