By Richard Clarke

“Difficult but feasible” – that was Arsène Wenger’s response to seeing his Arsenal side pitched against Porto in Friday’s draw for the Champions League Knockout Round.

The Gunners were handed an away trip to the Portuguese champions on February 17 with the return game in north London three weeks later on Tuesday, March 9.

It is familiar territory for Arsenal having played the 2004 winners both in 2006/07 and 2008/09. Certainly there were tougher teams out there for Wenger’s men but Porto are regular participants in the latter stages of the Champions League and therefore the manager is wary.

“It is a 50/50 game,” said the Frenchman. “Porto are always in there and always difficult to play against. The little advantage is that we have the second game at home but it's important that we negotiate well our first game and try to score away from home. It's a difficult draw.

“Last season we had a very good game at home and away we lost 2-0. But it's the Champions League, it's a cup game now, it’s form of the day and I believe it's feasible.

“Difficult but feasible.”

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18 Dec 2009