Arsenal’s lack of luck in the Champions League draw continued this season with the Gunners landing Bayern Munich in the knock out stages.
Bayern have sent Arsenal crashing out of the competition three times in recent years, and also beat the Gunners to top spot in the Group stages last year, having been drawn together.
This year though Arsenal will head into the knock out rounds as Group winners, meaning they will have home advantage in the second leg. Whether that translates into a change of fortune for the Gunners remains to be seen.
Arsenal club secretary David Miles told BT Sport: “We are through to the knockout stage for the 14th consecutive season, which is testament to manager Arsene Wenger and the teams throughout that time. But the fans will think we have got the rough end of the draw again – at some stage the tide has got to turn and we will beat them.”
Manager Arsene Wenger meanwhile said about the draw, “No team is super, super favourite and everybody can have a chance. The quality of the draw, or the luck of the draw, could have a part to play as well because we know now that after finishing top of the group, our second game is at home. So that gives you a psychological advantage and we just have to look at it and deal with it after.”
Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm was predictably chuffed at landing the Gunners again and tweeted, “Tough draw as Arsenal is in really good shape. Looking forward to seeing my former colleagues from the national team again!”
The fixtures of the Champions League Round of 16 are as follows:
Manchester City (England) vs Monaco (France)
Real Madrid (Spain) vs Napoli (Italy)
Benfica (Portugal) vs Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Bayern Munich (Germany) vs Arsenal (England)
Porto (Portugal) vs Juventus (Italy)
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) vs Atletico Madrid (Spain)
Paris Saint-Germain (France)vs Barcelona (Spain)
Sevilla (Spain) vs Leicester City (England)