Flamini believes Arsenal should take pride despite second place finish

Flamini knows Arsenal will face a big team but is ready for the challenge Photo: PA

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini feels Arsenal deserve credit from qualifying out of the toughest of Champions League groups and is not bothered whom they might face in the last 16.

The Gunners needed only a point against Napoli on Wednesday night to be sure of top spot in Group F and with it seeding for the knockout stage.

However, after their 2-0 defeat at the Stadio San Paolo coupled with a late winner for Dortmund in Marseille, Arsene Wenger's men are now likely to face one of Europe's leading sides such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Paris St Germain in Monday's draw.

Flamini, though, feels Arsenal should be proud they made it through to the last 16, with Rafa Benitez's side now having to continue their campaign in the Europa League.

"It was one of the hardest (groups) because you have a team like Napoli who have not qualified and we have finished second, level with them on 12 points," Flamini said, quoted on www.uefa.com.

"We will play a big team (now), but we knew that. Anyway, if you want to go to the final and try to win something, you have to play all the big teams.

"I do not really have a preference, so we will see what happens with the draw."