Champions League draw: Arsenal's best/worst case scenarios

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Arsenal may qualify for the Champions League every season, but they haven’t come anywhere near winning it since reaching the final in 2006.

In fact, the Gunners have exited the competition at the round of 16 in six consecutive seasons.

Last season, they only just scraped through their group. While they had Bayern Munich, they were also drawn against Dynamo Zagreb and Olympiacos and must have fancied their chances of a relatively easy passage into the next round.

However, after defeats to Zagreb and Olympiacos in their opening two matchdays,
Arsene Wenger’s side were right up against it.

A 2-0 win at home to Bayern appeared to get them back on track before they were thrashed 5-1 in the reverse fixture.

They then needed two big victories against Zagreb and Olympiacos to stand any chance of qualifying in second. They won both matches 3-0 and scraped through to the knockout round for the 16th year in a row - where they were soundly beaten by Barcelona over two legs.

Arsenal fans will be praying for a much safer passage into the last-16 this time round.

So, we’ve taken a look at Arsenal’s toughest and easiest possible draws ahead of tonight’s ceremony.

Worst case scenario

Arsenal, Barcelona, Lyon, Besiktas

After the Gunners were humbled by Barcelona last season, they will be hoping to avoid them again this season.

Lyon may not be the strongest side on paper but Arsenal fans just know transfer target Alexandre Lacazette is bound to score against them.

While Wenger’s side are well aware of the threat Besiktas pose after they scraped through the Champions League qualifier during the 2014/15 campaign with a 1-0 aggregate score.

Easiest possible group

Arsenal, CSKA Moscow, Club Brugge, Ludogorets Razgrad

If this is the group that prevents Arsenal from qualifying for the knock-out rounds for the 17th consecutive season, there is something seriously wrong.

CSKA Moscow somehow find themselves in Pot 1 and all sides will surely be hoping to draw them rather than a European superpower, despite a long trip to Russia.

Elsewhere, Arsenal should comfortably dispatch both Club Brugge from Belgium and Ludogorets Razgrad from Bulgaria.

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