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Thierry Henry insists there are no weak team in the Champions League quarter final (CBS Sports)

Thierry Henry has named Manchester City and Real Madrid as the two Champions League favourites ahead of Arsenal’s quarter-final draw on Friday.

Mikel Arteta’s side made it to the last eight of the Champions League after beating Porto on penalties on Tuesday evening.

Arsenal will be joined in Friday’s Champions League draw by City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.

Henry believes there is no easy side to play at this stage of the competition and feels both City and Madrid would represent the toughest task for Arsenal.

When asked if he views Dortmund as a ‘weaker’ side in the Champions League quarter-final draw, Henry said on CBS Sports: ‘I’ve been in both situations as a player where sometimes people didn’t want to play us with Arsenal and we didn’t go really far, and we had a team when we went to the final I don’t think was our best team at Arsenal.

‘I remember when we drew Real Madrid everyone laughed because they said, ‘Arsenal are the team you want’, and we Juve and everyone said, ‘that’s a good draw for Juve’, then we played Villarreal, who were a good team at the time, then they aid, ‘it’s good to play Arsenal’, then obviously we couldn’t win the final.

Arsenal FC v FC Porto: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24

Arsenal beat Porto on penalties to secure their place in the Champions League quarter final (Getty)

‘I’m just saying, you can never disrespect anyone in Europe.

‘There are two teams there who can be cocky – it’s Real Madrid and Man City, that’s about it. The others, you just take who you can play.

‘Man City are the team to beat still, for me. I know Pep, it’s not how he’s going to take it, I was just putting it out there.



CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL TEAMS

Arsenal

Atletico Madrid

Barcelona

Bayern Munich

Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City

Paris Saint-Germain

Real Madrid

‘Me as a player, I’ve been in too many situations to know that sometimes the so-called team who was easy to play against is not the case, you arrive and people think, ‘you’re going to win it easy’, no, that’s not really the case.

‘So the champions can talk – Man City – and then Real Madrid, we already know they have 14, other than that, let’s see what’s going to happen.’

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