Arsenal were once again drawn against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League on Monday, while Barcelona will also come up against familiar foes in the shape of Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsene Wenger’s side had hoped winning their group for the first time in five years would spare them a tie against one of the continent’s giants in the first knockout round. But instead they must face Carlo Ancelotti’s German champions, who came second in their section, with the first leg in Bavaria.
Bayern eliminated Arsenal en route to winning the trophy in 2012/13 and repeated the feat a year later, while the teams also met in the group stage last season – the Gunners won 2-0 in London but lost 5-1 at the Allianz Arena.
PSG came second to Arsenal in Group A, leaving them more vulnerable to a tough draw and five-time winners Barcelona have eliminated the French club in the quarterfinals in two of the past four seasons, while the teams also met in the group stage in 2014/15.
Reigning European champions Real Madrid will face Napoli as they look to win the trophy for a record 12th time, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face a testing two-legged encounter against Monaco.
Premier League champions Leicester City will take on last season’s Europa League winners Sevilla as a reward for topping their group in their debut appearance in the competition, with a visit to the Sanchez Pizjuan in the first leg.
Atletico Madrid, runners up to city rivals Real in two of the last three seasons, were drawn against Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen in a repeat of their clash at the same stage in 2014/15. On that occasion, Atletico emerged victorious after a tense penalty shoot-out.
Two-time winners Juventus were drawn against FC Porto, while Borussia Dortmund also face Portuguese opposition in the shape of Benfica.
The first legs will be played on February 14, 15, 21 and 22 with the second legs on March 7, 8, 14 and 15.