Arsenal have been handed a potentially difficult task in the last-16 of the Europa League after being drawn to face seven-times European champions Milan.
Arsène Wenger’s side were relieved to edge past Swedish side Östersund on Thursday after losing 2-1 in the second leg and their reward will be a meeting with the team they last met at the same stage of the Champions League in 2012. On that occasion, a disastrous 4-0 defeat at San Siro in the first leg virtually ended Arsenal’s hopes of reaching the last eight although they won the home leg 3-0.
Milan, who spent more than £150m on new players last summer in an attempt to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 2013-14 season, have struggled this season in Serie A and are currently seventh – eight points behind Lazio in fourth place. Gennaro Gattuso has steadied the ship since, overseeing a run of four straight matches including two 1-0 victories over Bulgarians Ludogorets in the previous round.
The first leg will take place at the San Siro on 8 March, with the return at the Emirates a week later.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund will face Red Bull Salzburg and Atlético Madrid take on Lokomotiv Moscow. Lazio meet Dynamo Kyiv, RB Leipzig have been drawn against Celtic’s conquerors Zenit St Petersburg, CSKA Moscow face Lyon – who will be hosting this year’s final – while fellow Ligue 1 side Marseille tackle Athletic Bilbao and Sporting play Viktoria Plzen.