A new seeding process for the Champion’s League group stages has been announced by Uefa, which results in Arsenal possibly having a significantly harder group.
From now on, only the Champions from each of the seven leagues will be considered top seeds. The winners of the Champion’s League the previous season will also be included in this. However, all others who qualify will be dropped down to second seed.
At the moment, it’s looking as if Arsenal could clinch second place in the Premier League and although it’s mathematically possible we could win the title, Chelsea have built up quite a lead and it’s unlikely we’ll catch them. Therefore, we’ll probably be second seeds and could face some of Europe’s biggest teams, such as Bayern Munich and potentially Real Madrid.
From my point of view, this isn’t too much of an issue. If we want to progress as far as possible and even one day win the Champion’s League, we’ll have to face these teams at some stage. We’re the strongest we’ve been in a long time and if we’re not strong enough to face them early-on in the season, when will we be?