The Gunners failed to finish top of their qualifying group, which means that they will face one of the group winners in the final 16. Given that they cannot face an English club, the chances of meeting one of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich are extremely high.
Last season, Arsene Wenger’s side crashed out of the competition at the hands of Barcelona, with Lionel Messi in particular teaching Arsenal a footballing lesson. The rivalry between the two clubs will only have increased since then, following the protracted summer transfer saga over Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas .
However, Gunners’ stopper Fabianski says that Arsenal would look forward to the challenge of facing Barcelona again.
According to The Sun, he said, “It is very hard for us not to think about Barcelona.
“Of course, we have to wait and see what the draw brings but we were talking in the dressing room after the Partizan Belgrade match that it seems inevitable we will meet Barcelona.
“It’s not just the match last season, but everything that happened in the summer as well. The two clubs seem to be linked.
“If Barcelona comes up, it could be the hardest assignment we could have. We are wondering whether there is a bit of fate pulling us in that direction.
“We are not scared of them. We have got players who can give them a good contest.”