Arsenal draw Barcelona again

Arsenal and Barcelona will go head to head once again after the two teams were drawn against each other in the last 16 Champions League.

Barcelona beat Arsenal 6-3 over two legs in their quarter-final clash last season and are favourites with the bookmakers to eliminate The Gunners for a second year in a row.

However, the Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola talked up the danger posed by Arsenal in the wake of the draw.

‘Arsenal are a classic of English football. They have been playing good for football for years now. I think they will be stronger than they were last season with Nasri now fully established in the team, plus the signing of Chamakh. Also there's a difference this time: Cesc will be on the pitch.’

Guardiola continued: ‘Arsenal frighten me, but that is true of all the clubs in the draw. I see difficulties in all of them. I will be a little calmer when I start to watch their games, if I can see any weaknesses.’

Champions League debutants Tottenham were also handed a tough draw against Serie A leaders and seven times European Champions AC Milan.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp seemed delighted with the draw: ‘It will be a great game. I would have taken AC Milan before the draw. They are leading the league in Italy but it has the makings of a great game over two legs. I'm looking forward to it.’

Chelsea were given a relatively easy draw against Danish champions FC Copenhagen while Manchester United face Ligue 1 Champions Marseille.

The full draw for the last 16 of the Champions League: Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk; AC Milan v Tottenham; Valencia v Schalke; Inter Milan v Bayern Munich; Lyon v Real Madrid; Arsenal v Barcelona; Marseille v Manchester United; FC Copenhagen v Chelsea.

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