10 March 2006

CL Draw: Arsenal vs. Juventus

The draw is out. You could see it coming!

Arsenal will face Juventus in the Champions' League round of 8. The Gunners will start at home and finish in Turin. If they advance, they'll face Inter, Ajax, or Villareal, again starting at Highbury.

Arsenal v. Juventus
(Inter Milan or Ajax) v. Villareal

Lyon v. AC Milan
Benfica v. Barcelona

Quarter-finals: 28-29 March and 4-5 April
Semi-finals: 18-19 and 25-26 April
Final: 17 May

First thoughts: Juventus will be a challenge for sure. But the Gunners are sure to see it as a major challenge; I would worry more about a let-down with Villareal or Benfica. The reunion with Patrick Viera will dominate the news build-up, which is unfortunate but inevitable. Playing Juve will also present a very different tactical challenge than Madrid.

I can't wait!

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