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Champions League: Who Arsenal Could Face in the Last 16 After 6:0 Emphatic Win Over Lens
- Arsenal have qualified for the round of 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare
- The EPL side needed just a point when they met with Lens on Wednesday to sail through
- Arteta's men are currently topping Group B with 12 points, having lost just one tie so far
Arsenal have all but sealed a place in the round of 16 of this season's UEFA Champions League following their 6-0 emphatic win over Lens on Wednesday night.
The Gunners returned to the elite European competition this term after a seven-year hiatus following their second-place finish in the Premier League last term.
The North Londoners have gone on to make an impression in the tournament, losing only once in five of their Group B fixtures.
Mikel Arteta's charges kicked off their campaign with a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven before losing 2-1 away at Lens in their second group match.
The EPL giants secured back-to-back wins over Sevilla before seeing off Lens 6-0 on Wednesday night.
Football London reports that six different players scored the six goals as Arsenal confirmed their spot in the last 16.
The result has them sitting at the top of Group B, and they are assured of finishing at the top of the pool regardless of the outcome of their final group clash against PSV.
Who could Arsenal face in the last 16?
As group winners, the Premier League side are expected to face one of the group runners-up in the round of 16.
While there are still loose ends to tie up in the other groups, Arsenal cannot face any English teams in the next round of the competition, including Manchester United, Newcastle United, and title-holders Man City, due to UEFA guidelines.
Arteta's men cannot also play PSV, who could finish second in Group B, as they are from the same pool.
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That still leaves the Gunners with quite a few options: They could also face any of the following teams, depending on who finishes second in their respective pools:
Napoli or Braga
Real Sociedad or Inter Milan
Atletico Madrid or Lazio
PSG or AC Milan
Porto or Shakhtar Donetsk
Galatasaray or FC Copenhagen
ESPN reports that the draw for the round of 16 of the 2023/24 Champions League will be completed on December 18.
This will be the final season of the traditional format before the tournament becomes a 36-team competition with one knockout bracket based primarily on final positions.
Meanwhile, group winners, who will be pooled alongside group runners-up, will be away in the first leg.
Arsenal set European record
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Arsenal setting a unique European record following their thrilling Champions League win over Lens.
Fresh from their 1-0 win over Brentford over the weekend, the Gunners demolished the French side 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
The scoreline recorded by Arsenal is the biggest any English club has posted over a French side during a European competition.