The draw for the round-of-16 of the Champions League was made on Monday morning, with Arsenal being drawn against Bayern Munich.
The Gunners finished as group winners ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, joining fellow Premier League clubs Leicester City and Manchester City in the knockout stages, but it hasn’t done them much good as they face the German giants again.
However, Arsene Wenger will face few complaints this time round having done their job and finished top of the group, and they will hope to topple Bayern who haven’t entirely convinced at all times this season.
Pep Guardiola will have a task on his hands too as Monaco, who saw off Tottenham Hotspur in the group stages, knocked Arsenal out of the competition last year.
Further, the Ligue 1 side have history of eliminating Manchester United in this tournament, and will not be an easy opponent by any means with a knack of causing the English sides problems.
Meanwhile, there are strong contingents from Spain with Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and defending champions Real Madrid still involved, and Germany after Borussia Dortmund topped their group to join Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen at this stage.
Juventus and Napoli will hope to fly the flag for Serie A with the likes of Benfica and Porto for company from Portugal and PSG and Monaco from France as it promises to be a thrilling knockout stage in this year’s competition.
PSG facing Barca stands out in particular as one of the ties of the round while Napoli will relish coming up against Real and Leicester will hope to extend their European dream against Sevilla.
Full round-of-16 draw:
Manchester City vs Monaco
Real Madrid vs Napoli
Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich vs Arsenal
Porto vs Juventus
Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid
PSG vs Barcelona
Sevilla vs Leicester City