Champions League draw: Arsenal face Milan, Chelsea take on Napoli
Arsenal will play AC Milan for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Chelsea will take on Napoli in the last 16
Arsenal will take on Serie A champions AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Chelsea will face Napoli after the draw was made on Friday.
ArsÃ¨ne Wenger’s men, who qualified for the last 16 as Group F winners, knocked seven-time winners Milan out at the same stage of the competition in 2008.
“I would suggest that’s probably the pick of the round,” said Arsenal club secretary David Miles. “It’s going to be a fantastic two games. If I’m being honest there are probably some other teams we may have preferred.”
AndrÃ© Villas-Boas’s Chelsea were paired with Napoli during the draw in Nyon after the Serie A side qualified from Group A at the expense of Manchester City to reach the last 16 for the first time.
“It will be difficult,” said Chelsea club secretary David Barnard. “Napoli were in the same group as Man City and Man City are unfortunately no longer with us so that has some bearing on quality of Napoli.
“We all know that AndrÃ© [Villas-Boas] has experience with Inter [Milan] so he will know the ins and outs of Napoli I’m sure.”
Meanwhile, holders Barcelona will take on Bayer Leverkusen and Real Madrid will travel to Russia to ake on CSKA Moscow.
The First legs will be played on 14-15 and 21-22 February and the second legs will be on 6-7 and 13-14 March 2012.
Champions League last 16 draw in full
Lyon v Apoel Nicosia
Napoli v Chelsea
AC Milan v Arsenal
Basel v Bayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen v Barcelona
CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid
Zenit Saint Petersburg v Benfica
Marseille v Internazionale
First legs will be played on 14-15 and 21-22 February and the second legs will be on 6-7 and 13-14 March.