Arsenal Draw AC Milan In the Round of 16 of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League

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Finally, UEFA windbags have gotten on with the Round of 16 draw of the Champions League, and Arsenal have been paired with AC Milan. It's hardly the ideal draw, and although Arsenal avoided the toughest team, Napoli, they have gotten one of the tougher teams available. Milan, of course, are the defending Serie A champions, and are two points off the top this season, in 3rd. Arsenal haven't had gotten an easy draw so far this Champions League campaign, so it was somewhat inevitable that Arsenal would get one of the tougher teams.

These two sides met in the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League, where Arsenal won 2-0 at the San Siro to go through. Goals from Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor (from a Theo Walcott run) saw the Gunners through, but both teams are vastly changed from that night, with only 1 Arsenal player and 2 or 3 Milan players who started then having a possibility to start in February (Sagna, Gattuso, Ambrosini and Pato).

Milan feature a dangerous front line with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robino and Pato, but it's their midfield that's also a concern, with Kevin Prince-Boateng having a superb season. They played extremely well against Barcelona, drawing 2-2 at the Camp Nou and losing 3-2 (perhaps unluckily) at the San Siro, and this will by no means be an easy time, despite what some English pundits may say about "don't like our tempo, boring Serie A" etc, etc.

Update: The fixtures will be as follows

AC Milan v Arsenal, Wednesday, Ferbruary 15

Arsenal v AC Milan, Tuesday, March 6

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