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Monday 16 December 2013

Stern European tests for Arsenal, Man City and Swansea

Gunners face holders, City draw Barcelona while Swansea meet Napoli in Europa League

  • Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City takes on Bayern Munich's Dante in their recent meeting

  • Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey will face Bayern's Arjen Robben again in February

  • Manchester United's reward for winning their group is a tie with Olympiacos

  • Chelsea will face Galatasaray in the round of 16

Arsenal and Manchester City have their work cut out to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after being drawn against Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the round of 16.

Arsene Wenger's side meet the European club champions, who knocked them out at the same stage last season on their way to winning the title, while Man City face a Barcelona side who have reached the semi-finals six years in succession and who have won the competition twice in the last five years.

Manchester United have been rewarded for winning their group with a last-16 tie against Greek Super League outfit Olympiacos, while there will be a reunion for Didier Drogba as he will face Chelsea in the colours of Turkish Super Lig champions Galatasaray.

Arsenal lost 3-2 on aggregate to Bayern in last year's round of 16 and know they will have to be at their best to overcome a side who have reached the last three UEFA Champions League finals. However, the Londoners can take heart from the fact that they beat the four-time European champions 2-0 in Munich on their last meeting.

City, meanwhile, have never before played Barcelona but will be buoyed by the fact that they beat Bayern 3-2 in their most recent Champions League group match and overcame Arsenal 6-3 on Saturday to move to within three points of the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Man Utd have played Olympiacos on four previous times in the Champions League, winning on each occasion and scoring 12 goals, while Chelsea and Galatasaray have met twice before in the 1999-2000 Champions League group stage, with the Blues victorious on both occasions including a 5-0 success in Istanbul.

Swansea City also face a stern examination in the UEFA Europa League as they will encounter Italian Serie A side Napoli, who finished third in their Champions League group despite scoring 12 points. Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, will come up against their former head coach Juande Ramos, who is in charge of Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

In the UEFA Youth League, the inaugural Under-19 equivalent of the Champions League Man City have been handed a tough away trip to Atletico Madrid, while Chelsea and Arsenal will enjoy home advantage in the one-legged round of 16.

The Blues take on Filippo Inzaghi's AC Milan outfit, while the Gunners host Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine. Should they come through their respective ties Arsenal will then face a trip to either Barcelona or FC Copenhagen in the quarter-finals, Chelsea will again be at home to Real Sociedad or Schalke, while Man City will host either Benfica or Austria Vienna.

UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw

Manchester City v Barcelona
Olympiakos v Manchester United
Galatasaray v Chelsea
Arsenal v Bayern Munich

First legs to take place on 18/19 or 25/26 February.
Second legs to take place on 11/12 March or 18/19 March.

UEFA Europa League round of 16 draw

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v Tottenham Hotspur
Swansea City
v Napoli

First legs to take place on 20 February.
Second legs to take place on 27 February.

UEFA Youth League round of 16 draw

Atletico Madrid v Manchester City
Chelsea
v AC Milan
Arsenal v FC Shakhtar Donetsk

One off ties to take place on 18/19 or 25/26 February.

UEFA Youth League quarter-final draw

Barcelona or FC Copenhagen v Arsenal or FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Chelsea or AC Milan v Real Sociedad or Schalke
Atletico Madrid or Manchester City v Benfica or Austria Vienna

One off ties to take place on 11/12 or 18/19 March.

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Key Points

  • Arsenal drawn to face holders Bayern Munich in last 16 of UEFA Champions League while Man City must take on Barcelona
  • Manchester United draw Olympiacos and Chelsea set to face Galatasaray
  • Swansea draw Napoli in Europa League round of 32, while Spurs face FC Dnipro