UCL: Who Arsenal Could Play in the Quarter Finals After Reaching Last 8 for First Time in 14 Years

UCL: Who Arsenal Could Play in the Quarter Finals After Reaching Last 8 for First Time in 14 Years

Fred Kennedy
March 13, 2024 at 8:43 AM
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  • Arsenal are among the six teams who have qualified for the last eight of the Champions League
  • This is the first time the Gunners will be playing in this stage of the competition in 14 years
  • Despite the club's rich history, the north Londoners have never lifted the European elite trophy

Arsenal have booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in close to 14 years.

The Gunners sealed progression to the next round of the tournament after seeing off FC Porto in the last 16.

The UEFA Champions League trophy is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Draw at Salle des Princes. Photo by Valerio Pennicino.
The UEFA Champions League trophy is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Draw at Salle des Princes. Photo by Valerio Pennicino.
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According to Metro UK, after suffering a 1-0 in the first leg played in Portugal last month, Mikel Arteta's charges needed a positive result in the reverse tie at the Emirates to qualify.

The Premier League leaders went on to pull level on aggregate during their Tuesday evening meeting, with Leandro Trossard finding the back of the net in the first half.

The draw forced the fixture into shootouts, with David Raya stepping up to save two of Porto's penalties to help his side secure a 4-2 win in the shootout.

Who Arsenal could face in the Champions League quarters?

Arsenal's progression will see them join a host of top European teams who have also reached the last eight.

The teams include reigning champions Manchester City, who saw off FC Copenhagen to qualify.

Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and serial winners Real Madrid are also in the quarters, with PSG looking to win the tournament for the first time in their history.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are also through after beating Napoli 4-2 on aggregate in the last 16.

Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, and PSV are the other four teams eyeing the final two spots in the quarters.

Considering this scenario, Arsenal will obviously play any of the other seven teams in the last eight.

According to Football London, the draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Friday, March 15, in Switzerland.

The first leg of the last eight will take place on 9/10 April.

Arsenal's Champions League history

Meanwhile, despite their rich history, Arsenal are among the top English teams who have never won the Champions League.

The Gunners came close to lifting the title in the 2005/06 season under Arsene Wenger when they reached the final, only to lose to Barcelona.

That session saw them become the first London team to reach the final of the European tournament.

Ironically, rivals Chelsea have since won the tournament twice, with their most recent success coming in 2021 under Thomas Tuchel.

Arsenal achieve unique record

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Arsenal achieving an astonishing club record following their 1-0 victory over Porto in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg.

Entering the match with a 1-0 aggregate deficit from their defeat in Portugal, the Gunners sought to end a streak of seven consecutive eliminations from UCL's last 16.

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