There will no European behemoth for Arsenal to contend with in this year’s Champions League round of 16 after the Londoners were drawn to face Monaco.
For all connected to the club being balloted to face a side who hit just four goals in topping Group C will make a welcome change after meeting FC Bayern Munchen at the second-round stage for the last two campaigns.
The Gunners are 2/5 to advance at the expense of Leandro Jardim’s men, who sit just sixth in Ligue 1 at the time of writing after a summer of upheaval which saw stars Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez leave the principality.
Arsene Wenger’s men were cut from 33/1 to 25/1 to win the competition when their opponents were revealed.
Their change of fortune was in stark contrast to Manchester City, who were drawn against Barcelona for the second consecutive season.
City’s odds to land ‘Old Big Ears’ were pushed out from 12/1 to 16/1.
Only Real Madrid, FC Bayern, Atletico Madrid and Porto are shorter prices to qualify for the last eight than Barca.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side bit the dust at the expense of the Blaugrana last term and the Spaniards are 7/20 favourites to advance to the quarter-finals again in 2014/15.
City, another year older and wiser, look a juicy 21/10 to extract revenge for last year’s narrow defeat by bouncing Luis Enrique’s men.
Chelsea were another side smarting after it was revealed they would be playing the strongest second-placed finisher in the entire group stage, Paris Saint-Germain.
Les Rouges at Bleus downed Barcelona at the Parc des Princes and boast a high quality squad including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and cult hero of the Stamford Bridge accountants David Luiz.
Jose Mourinho’s side remain 13/2 fourth-favourites to win the tournament and the bwin layers seem confident they will give PSG the boot, going just 57/100 about the Blues reaching the quarter finals.