By Chris Harris

Emmanuel Eboue says it doesn't matter who Arsenal are paired with in the next round of the Champions League.

The Ivorian and his team-mates will face either Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Schalke in the last 16 after finishing second in Group H with a 3-1 victory over Partizan Belgrade on Wednesday night.

Arsène Wenger has already labelled Barcelona as 'super-favourites' to win the competition after their 5-0 dismantling of Spanish rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico but Eboue believes Arsenal can make life difficult for any of their potential opponents in February.

"It doesn’t matter who we are going to play," he said. "The most important thing is to get everyone back and then to play for the team.

"We are very focused now on the [Premier] League and we don’t focus on the [Champion League] draw. We will see. It doesn’t matter who [we play against], Barcelona, Bayern, it doesn’t matter. We just try to play our football.

"It doesn’t matter - for us we just want to play for our Club. It has been a long time since our Club has won anything. It doesn’t matter who we will play. We will try always to give our best on the pitch."

Eboue was forced into an unfamiliar role at left back against Partizan when Kieran Gibbs limped off with an ankle injury after just 24 minutes but the Ivory Coast star acquitted himself well. Afterwards he explained why Arsenal struggled to overcome the Serbian champions.

"It was very difficult for us to play in midfield because they played with five in the midfield," said Eboue. "They played well, they passed the ball well and they came to play. They didn’t have a chance to win the game but for us we are so happy because we won the game.

"When they equalised we were very nervous. Football is like this, but we kept our heads and were very calm until Walcott scored and then Nasri scored.

"When we play in the Champions League the most important thing is to go through the first round and now we are through we are happy. We are so happy to go through."

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9 Dec 2010