Just 16 per cent of Barcelona fans want to be drawn against Arsenal

Lionel Messi

Who do Barcelona want to face in the Champions League? Not Arsenal...

The draw for the Champions League takes place in under 24 hours, and fans are anxiously waiting to see who is drawn against each other.

Earlier today we highlighted what a nightmare draw Barcelona would be for Arsenal - But it appears fans of the Spanish club do not want to play the Gunners either.

A fan poll in Barcelona based newspaper Sport asked supporters who they would like to see Lionel Messi and co. up against in the knockout phases and the results are as follows:

Arsenal: 16 per cent

Shakhtar: 7 per cent

Galatasaray: 44 per cent

Milan: 21 per cent

Porto: 12 per cent

The results are fascinating, showing that Barcelona fans would rather find themselves up against Milan than Arsenal. Milan of course knocked Arsenal out last season, but have lost key players Zlatan and Thiago Silva since then.

Barcelona have knocked Arsenal out of the competition twice in recent seasons, as well as beating the Gunners in the 2006 Final, but on each occasion Arsene Wenger's side gave them scares.

Arsenal won't want to face Barcelona, but judging from this survey, the feeling is mutual.

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