When Arsenal somehow managed to win their Champions League group, with Paris St Germain in second, fans very astutely recognised that the north London side could still be punished in the next round.
And so it was, that when the balls were drawn and the teams matched up, like magnets, Arsenal and Bayern Munich could not be separated.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 12, 2016
It’s safe to say the German team saw the funny side.
Manuel Neuer seemed happy. (The below roughly translates to “meet good friend”, by the way).
Arsenal fans… not so much.
3 - Arsenal have been eliminated from all three of their Champions League knockout ties against Bayern Munich (2005, 2013, 2014). Haunted.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 12, 2016
It’s all a bit boring for some.
— Hassan (@ClassofBergkamp) December 12, 2016
150 - If they conducted the Champions League draw another 150 times, Arsenal would still get Bayern Munich every time. Luck.— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) December 12, 2016
Drawing five-time European Cup winners is no reward.
But all things considered, could now be a good time to play Bayern?
By far Arsenal's best chance of beating Bayern in all this time. Almost favourites. Barca and PSG should be banned from meeting.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) December 12, 2016
Probably not. Then again…
…it wouldn’t be the weirdest thing to have happened in the last 12 months.