Barcelona have dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their respective Champions League group

How Arsenal can avoid Barcelona in Europa League as Xavi’s side eliminated from Champions League

October 26, 2022 Duke 0

Speaking about the importance of finishing top and avoiding the likes of Barca in his pre-match press conference ahead of PSV, Arteta said: “This competition is getting harder and harder. It looks like the next round is going to be competitive that’s why it’s so important to finish top.”

They could of course meet them in the Round of 16 when the time comes, but that is an unnecessary extra step. Plus, Barca could fail to reach that round altogether – although that would admittedly be surprising. Let’s see if the Gunners can hold their nerve with a good performance in the Netherlands.