Arsenal, AC Milan set for knockout clash following UEFA Champions League draw

Arsenal, AC Milan set for knockout clash following UEFA Champions League draw

UEFA Champions League

Arsenal, AC Milan set for knockout clash following UEFA Champions League draw

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With AC Milan in the runner-up pot, the odds of a high-profile matchup in the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League were quite high. As it turns out, the draw did not disappoint.

Arsenal got paired with Milan during Friday's Champions League draw, setting the stage for an intriguing battle in the tournament's Round of 16. The two met in this round of the 2007-2008 Champions League as well, with Arsenal moving on to the quarterfinals. The other remaining English competitor, Chelsea, will also face a high-powered Italian side after drawing Napoli.

As for the two Spanish powerhouses, defending champion Barcelona must face Bayer Leverkusen as the next step in its quest to repeat, while Real Madrid drew CSKA Moscow. 

Here are all of the Champions League knockout pairings:

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCKOUT PAIRINGS (group winners listed first)

Arsenal vs. AC Milan

Chelsea vs. Napoli

Barcelona vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Real Madrid vs. CSKA Moscow

Bayern Munich vs. FC Basel

APOEL Nicosia vs. Lyon

Benfica vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

Inter Milan vs. Marseille

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What do you think of the draw? Do you see any group runners-up pulling off the upset? Who do you see winning the Arsenal-AC Milan matchup? 

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