Arsenal handed nightmare Barcelona draw in last 16 of Champions League

As Chelsea take on PSG and Manchester City face Dynamo Kiev

  • Arsenal will play Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League 
  • Chelsea have also been handed a tricky tie against Paris Saint-Germain
  • Manchester City will take on Dynamo Kiev for a place in the quarter-finals
  • Last year’s finalists Juventus have been pitted against Bayern Munich

Arsenal’s prize for completing the great escape is a daunting Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona – the third time they’ve met in six years.

The Gunners won their final two group games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos to squeeze out of Group F but will now play Luis Enrique’s Barca for a place in the quarter-finals.

Jose Mourinho could not have wished for a worse possible draw after Chelsea were again paired with Paris Saint-Germain.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino hosted the Champions League last-16 draw on Monday

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino hosted the Champions League last-16 draw on Monday

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 FIXTURES AND DATES

Paris Saint-Germain vs Chelsea – First leg February 16, second leg March 9

Benfica vs Zenit St Petersburg – First leg February 16, second leg March 9

Gent vs Wolfsburg – First leg February 17, second leg March 8

Roma vs Real Madrid – First leg February 17, second leg March 8

Arsenal vs Barcelona – First leg February 23, second leg March 16

Juventus vs Bayern Munich – First leg February 23, second leg March 16

PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid – First leg February 24, second leg March 15

Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City – First leg February 24, second leg March 15

Former Inter Milan full back Javier Zanetti draws Barcelona against Arsenal in the round of 16

Former Inter Milan full back Javier Zanetti draws Barcelona against Arsenal in the round of 16

Olivier Giroud (left) scored a hat-trick against Olympiacos last week to send Arsenal through

Olivier Giroud (left) scored a hat-trick against Olympiacos last week to send Arsenal through

Chelsea qualified as group winners after their 2-0 victory against Porto at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday

Chelsea qualified as group winners after their 2-0 victory against Porto at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday

Chelsea were beaten at same stage last season by PSG and will have to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet

Chelsea were beaten at same stage last season by PSG and will have to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet

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Manchester City topped their group for the first time ever thanks to a sensational comeback against Borussia Monchengladbach and were paired with Dynamo Kiev during Monday’s draw in Nyon.

City will be pleased to have avoided the dangerous PSG as they bid to reach the quarter-finals for the first time but their fans may be frustrated about the Kiev situation.

The Ukrainian club were ordered to play two games behind closed doors last month as punishment for offences that included racial attacks against four black supporters during their 0-0 home draw against Chelsea.

City fans already boo the Champions League anthem in protest against UEFA, chiefly because their fans were not allowed to travel to a game at CSKA Moscow last season.

That situation was slightly different, however, as some fans had already made visa, travel and accommodation arrangements before the ruling was made.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: ‘It’s never easy – they’ve shown they have a good side by beating Porto and drawing with Chelsea. It’s going to be difficult for us but the most important thing is that we show we’re improving in this competition and we’ll fight to get to the quarters.

‘The weather sometimes doesn’t help but we have to be ready. At least we play in England – it’s not the same but it’s close. We’re ready to try and improve in this competition and grow.’

The last-16 draw has thrown up some mouthwatering ties including Juventus against Bayern Munich

The last-16 draw has thrown up some mouthwatering ties including Juventus against Bayern Munich

Manchester City secured top spot in Group D after beating Borussia Monchengladbach last week

Manchester City secured top spot in Group D after beating Borussia Monchengladbach last week

Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer clearly feels Arsenal and Chelsea face a difficult task in the last 16

Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer clearly feels Arsenal and Chelsea face a difficult task in the last 16

Arsenal club secretary David Miles admitted Barcelona was the draw that all fans were hoping to avoid.

‘We were hoping for a good draw – it’s probably the team most fans would want to avoid,’ he said.

‘It’s up to us to make a good fist of it. We’ve got our own world-class players and it’ll be two fantastic games.

‘I was told by my family that if I came back with Barcelona not to bother to go home.’

Arsenal will have to be at their best to contain a Barcelona attack including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez (top)

Arsenal will have to be at their best to contain a Barcelona attack including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez (top)

Zanetti pulls Real Madrid's name out of the bowl to face Italian giants Roma for a spot in the last eight

Zanetti pulls Real Madrid’s name out of the bowl to face Italian giants Roma for a spot in the last eight

Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich, who have been in scintillating form, will face last season's finalists Juventus

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich, who have been in scintillating form, will face last season’s finalists Juventus

Bayern Munich were handed a tough-looking draw against Juventus, runners-up last season, while Real Madrid will also face Italian opposition in Roma.

Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven, the two sides that qualified at Manchester United’s expense, were paired with Gent and Atletico Madrid respectively.

The other tie in the round sees two-time European champions Benfica come up against Zenit St Petersburg.

Source: Daily Mail

 

 

 

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