Okay Arsenal fans, there is no way that we can say that we wanted to be drawn against the Catalan club Barcelona for the knockout phase of the Champions League. They are the holders after all and with the fearsome front three of Messi, Neymar and Suarez breaking all sorts of records last year, Barca managed to also win La Liga and the Spanish cup to give them a terrific treble.
So the Gunners are right up against it, no doubt. But we should not assume that the last 16 will be as far as we go for a sixth season in a row. Barcelona are a top class side and they are rightly one of the favourites, but they are not unbeatable.
Are they better than Bayern Munich? Sometimes yes and sometimes no and Arsenal have already beaten the German champions this season and we did it when they were absolutely flying and in their very best form. And there is no reason to assume that Barcelona will be in their best form when the Champions League games come around.
They have already struggled a few times this year, such as the weekend just gone when despite being at full strength they were held at home by Deportivo and that was their third draw in a row. They were absolutely torn apart by Bilbao in the Spanish super cup.
Do not write Arsenal off yet.