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<p>Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg</p>
Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg

Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg

The Gunners take on the side that dumped them out of the Champions League in 2012, with Gennaro Gattuso&#39;s men at home in the first leg
Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg
The Gunners take on the side that dumped them out of the Champions League in 2012, with Gennaro Gattuso's men at home in the first leg
<p>Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg</p>
Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg

Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg

Former French international midfielder Eric Abidal picks Arsenal in the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, pairing them with AC Milan (AFP Photo/jean-guy PYTHON)
Former French international midfielder Eric Abidal picks Arsenal in the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, pairing them with AC Milan
Former French international midfielder Eric Abidal picks Arsenal in the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, pairing them with AC Milan (AFP Photo/jean-guy PYTHON)
Former French international midfielder Eric Abidal picks Arsenal in the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, pairing them with AC Milan
Former French international midfielder Eric Abidal picks Arsenal in the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, pairing them with AC Milan
Former French international midfielder Eric Abidal picks Arsenal in the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, pairing them with AC Milan
Seven-times European champions AC Milan will face Arsenal in the standout last-16 tie in the Europa League after the draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.
Europa League: Arsenal and AC Milan Meet in Last 16
Seven-times European champions AC Milan will face Arsenal in the standout last-16 tie in the Europa League after the draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - AC Milan vs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad - San Siro, Milan, Italy - February 22, 2018 AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso celebrates with Ricardo Rodriguez as Leonardo Bonucci applauds the fans at the end of the match. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - AC Milan vs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - AC Milan vs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad - San Siro, Milan, Italy - February 22, 2018 AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso celebrates with Ricardo Rodriguez as Leonardo Bonucci applauds the fans at the end of the match. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Arsenal&#39;s path to the UEFA Champions League just got a whole lot tougher.
Arsenal gets AC Milan in Europa League Round of 16
Arsenal's path to the UEFA Champions League just got a whole lot tougher.
Arsenal&#39;s path to the UEFA Champions League just got a whole lot tougher.
Arsenal gets AC Milan in Europa League Round of 16
Arsenal's path to the UEFA Champions League just got a whole lot tougher.
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - AC Milan vs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad - San Siro, Milan, Italy - February 22, 2018 AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso celebrates with Ricardo Rodriguez as Leonardo Bonucci applauds the fans at the end of the match REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - AC Milan vs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - AC Milan vs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad - San Siro, Milan, Italy - February 22, 2018 AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso celebrates with Ricardo Rodriguez as Leonardo Bonucci applauds the fans at the end of the match REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Arsenal versus AC Milan is the pick of the ties from Friday&#39;s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League.
Arsenal handed tough Milan test in Europa League's round of 16
Arsenal versus AC Milan is the pick of the ties from Friday's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League.
<p>Arsenal handed tough Milan test in Europa League&#39;s round of 16</p>
Arsenal handed tough Milan test in Europa League's round of 16

Arsenal handed tough Milan test in Europa League's round of 16

Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year&#39;s Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it&#39;s AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That&#39;s a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We&#39;re about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can&#39;t play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don&#39;t reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa&#39;s head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa &quot;strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence&quot; that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night&#39;s dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: &quot;I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!&quot; Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon&#39;s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they&#39;ve faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: &quot;We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused,&quot; Wenger said. &quot;We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That&#39;s why we were in trouble. &quot;In the second half, it was much better. &quot;We did the job to qualify. That&#39;s what you have to keep from the night and that&#39;s it.&quot; He added: &quot;The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. &quot;Football doesn&#39;t work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you&#39;re not 100 per cent focused.&quot;
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year's Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it's AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That's a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We're about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can't play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don't reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa's head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa "strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence" that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night's dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: "I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!" Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they've faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: "We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused," Wenger said. "We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That's why we were in trouble. "In the second half, it was much better. "We did the job to qualify. That's what you have to keep from the night and that's it." He added: "The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. "Football doesn't work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you're not 100 per cent focused."
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year&#39;s Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it&#39;s AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That&#39;s a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We&#39;re about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can&#39;t play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don&#39;t reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa&#39;s head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa &quot;strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence&quot; that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night&#39;s dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: &quot;I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!&quot; Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon&#39;s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they&#39;ve faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: &quot;We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused,&quot; Wenger said. &quot;We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That&#39;s why we were in trouble. &quot;In the second half, it was much better. &quot;We did the job to qualify. That&#39;s what you have to keep from the night and that&#39;s it.&quot; He added: &quot;The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. &quot;Football doesn&#39;t work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you&#39;re not 100 per cent focused.&quot;
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year's Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it's AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That's a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We're about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can't play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don't reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa's head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa "strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence" that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night's dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: "I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!" Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they've faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: "We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused," Wenger said. "We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That's why we were in trouble. "In the second half, it was much better. "We did the job to qualify. That's what you have to keep from the night and that's it." He added: "The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. "Football doesn't work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you're not 100 per cent focused."
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year&#39;s Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it&#39;s AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That&#39;s a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We&#39;re about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can&#39;t play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don&#39;t reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa&#39;s head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa &quot;strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence&quot; that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night&#39;s dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: &quot;I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!&quot; Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon&#39;s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they&#39;ve faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: &quot;We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused,&quot; Wenger said. &quot;We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That&#39;s why we were in trouble. &quot;In the second half, it was much better. &quot;We did the job to qualify. That&#39;s what you have to keep from the night and that&#39;s it.&quot; He added: &quot;The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. &quot;Football doesn&#39;t work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you&#39;re not 100 per cent focused.&quot;
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year's Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it's AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That's a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We're about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can't play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don't reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa's head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa "strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence" that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night's dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: "I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!" Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they've faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: "We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused," Wenger said. "We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That's why we were in trouble. "In the second half, it was much better. "We did the job to qualify. That's what you have to keep from the night and that's it." He added: "The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. "Football doesn't work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you're not 100 per cent focused."
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year&#39;s Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it&#39;s AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That&#39;s a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We&#39;re about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can&#39;t play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don&#39;t reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa&#39;s head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa &quot;strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence&quot; that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night&#39;s dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: &quot;I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!&quot; Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon&#39;s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they&#39;ve faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: &quot;We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused,&quot; Wenger said. &quot;We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That&#39;s why we were in trouble. &quot;In the second half, it was much better. &quot;We did the job to qualify. That&#39;s what you have to keep from the night and that&#39;s it.&quot; He added: &quot;The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. &quot;Football doesn&#39;t work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you&#39;re not 100 per cent focused.&quot;
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year's Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it's AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That's a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We're about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can't play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don't reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa's head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa "strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence" that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night's dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: "I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!" Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they've faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: "We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused," Wenger said. "We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That's why we were in trouble. "In the second half, it was much better. "We did the job to qualify. That's what you have to keep from the night and that's it." He added: "The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. "Football doesn't work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you're not 100 per cent focused."
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year&#39;s Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it&#39;s AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That&#39;s a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We&#39;re about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can&#39;t play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don&#39;t reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa&#39;s head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa &quot;strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence&quot; that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night&#39;s dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: &quot;I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!&quot; Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon&#39;s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they&#39;ve faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: &quot;We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused,&quot; Wenger said. &quot;We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That&#39;s why we were in trouble. &quot;In the second half, it was much better. &quot;We did the job to qualify. That&#39;s what you have to keep from the night and that&#39;s it.&quot; He added: &quot;The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. &quot;Football doesn&#39;t work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you&#39;re not 100 per cent focused.&quot;
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Arsenal suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate. They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Arsenal and Milan last met in 2012, when the Italians advanced to the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Milan won the first leg 4-0 at San Siro before Arsenal won the return 3-0 to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous comeback. The first leg of this year's Europa League last-16 tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Kick-off times for the two matches will be confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Europa League draw threw up a heavyweight clash in AC Milan v Arsenal Credit: Uefa Three-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal made the draw and said that the AC Milan v Arsenal match-up was the pick of the last 16 ties. The draw in full was: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique de Marseille v Athletic Bilbao Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg AC Milan v Arsenal The final in Lyon will be played on May 16. 12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it's AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That's a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We're about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can't play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don't reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa's head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa "strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence" that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night's dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: "I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!" Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they've faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: "We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused," Wenger said. "We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That's why we were in trouble. "In the second half, it was much better. "We did the job to qualify. That's what you have to keep from the night and that's it." He added: "The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. "Football doesn't work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you're not 100 per cent focused."
12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it&#39;s AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That&#39;s a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We&#39;re about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can&#39;t play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don&#39;t reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa&#39;s head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa &quot;strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence&quot; that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night&#39;s dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: &quot;I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!&quot; Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon&#39;s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they&#39;ve faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: &quot;We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused,&quot; Wenger said. &quot;We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That&#39;s why we were in trouble. &quot;In the second half, it was much better. &quot;We did the job to qualify. That&#39;s what you have to keep from the night and that&#39;s it.&quot; He added: &quot;The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. &quot;Football doesn&#39;t work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you&#39;re not 100 per cent focused.&quot;
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
12:23PM History repeated Arsenal and AC Milan have enjoyed a couple of thrilling knockout ties in the last decade. First there was 2008 when Arsenal knocked out the Champions League holders with a 2-0 last-16 win at San Siro before Milan exacted revenge with a 4-3 aggregate win at the same stage four years later. In that 2012 meeting, Milan won the first leg 4-0 before Arsenal so nearly pulled off a miracle comeback by winning the second leg 3-0. The first leg of this Europa League tie will be played on Thursday March 8 at San Siro, with the return a week later on March 15 at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal against AC Milan in 2008 Credit: AFP 12:18PM The draw in full 12:17PM So it's AC Milan vs Arsenal! The first leg will be played at San Siro on Thursday March 8. That's a great draw. Eric Abidal picks out Milan vs Arsenal as the pick of the draw. 12:16PM Dortmund will play... not Arsenal. Dortmund vs RB Salzburg 12:15PM Arsenal and Dortmund still in the hat Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen 12:15PM Just three pairings left now Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao 12:14PM And the other Moscow club is out CSKA Moscow vs Lyon 12:13PM Atletico are out... ...and they will face: Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico vs Lokomotiv Moscow 12:12PM Next RB Leipzig vs Zenit 12:11PM First up Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev 12:11PM Pleasantries over We're about to get under way. The only rules are that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home, and teams from Russia and Ukraine can't play each other. Uefa must be praying Zenit and one of the Moscow clubs don't reach the final. 12:07PM The draw will be made by... ...Eric Abidal, who spent three years at Lyon where the Europa League final will be held this season. 12:04PM A sombre start The draw starts with our host (who I believe is the former CNN journalist and now Uefa's head of press Pedro Pinto) saying that Uefa "strongly condemns the deplorable acts of violence" that took place in Bilbao last night. 11:56AM Nearly there The draw should be getting under way in about five minutes. Though we would be wise to expect a fair amount of fluff from the Uefa dignitaries before the draw actually starts. 11:43AM A reunion of sorts? After last night's dismal defeat to Ostersunds, Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for privately hoping to avoid one of the big boys. One possible opponent is Zenit, who eliminated Celtic last night. Their striker Aleksandr Kokorin said afterwards: "I guess it’s better to play the strongest sides right away to test ourselves. “Give me Arsenal!" Drawing Zenit would also see former Branislav Ivanovic return to the Emirates for the first time since his Chelsea career was effectively ended there after a terrible performance in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal 17 months ago. Credit: AP 11:28AM Preamble Morning all, Welcome to our coverage of this afternoon's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland. Arsenal just about kept the British flag flying with their 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds, but Celtic bowed out after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. In what is a completely open, unseeded draw, the worst possible opponents for Arsenal in the last 16 would be Atletico Madrid, while the best would probably be Viktoria Plzen. That said, whoever Arsenal face will be a big jump in quality from the pretty average opponents they've faced in the competition so far. 11:10AM Preview What is it? It is the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League, typically when the quality of the competition begins to improve. When is it? The draw is on Friday 23 February and begins at 12pm UK time. Where is it? As always, the draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. What TV channel is it on? Uefa will live stream the draw across their social media channels and website, while you can also watch live coverage on TV with BT Sport 2 from noon. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Friday to see what ties the draw throws up with our liveblog. Who can Arsenal draw? Arsenal just about finished the job against Ostersunds at the Emirates on Thursday, so they will be in the hat for what is an entirely open draw in Nyon. There is no seeding system at this stage of the tournament nor country protection, although there are no other Premier League teams for Arsenal to draw anway. So Arsenal could be paired with: CSKA Moscow RB Leipzig Zenit St Petersburg Locomotiv Moscow Atletico Madrid Lazio Sporting Lisbon Viktoria Plzen Dynamo Kiev Lyon AC Milan Borussia Dortmund Athletic Bilbao Marseille RB Salzburg Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? When will the last-16 ties be played? The first leg of the next round of the Europa League will be played on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March. Kick-off times will be 6pm and 8.05pm UK time, and the team drawn out of the bag first will play at home before playing the second leg away. What are the latest odds? Atletico Madrid 3/1 Arsenal 4/1 Borussia Dortmund 10/1 RB Leipzig 11/1 AC Milan 14/1 Lyon 16/1 Sporting Lisbon 22/1 Lazio 25/1 What are they saying? Arsene Wenger on defeat to Ostersunds: "We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused," Wenger said. "We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That's why we were in trouble. "In the second half, it was much better. "We did the job to qualify. That's what you have to keep from the night and that's it." He added: "The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game. "Football doesn't work like that. We played against a good side and ... you can be in trouble every time you're not 100 per cent focused."
Arsenal draw AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 draw
Arsenal draw AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 draw
Arsenal draw AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 draw
Arsenal draw AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 draw
Arsenal draw AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 draw
Arsenal draw AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 draw
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
Arsenal draw AC Milan in Europa League last 16
The Gunners take on the side that dumped them out of the Champions League in 2012, with Gennaro Gattuso&#39;s men at home in the first leg
Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg
The Gunners take on the side that dumped them out of the Champions League in 2012, with Gennaro Gattuso's men at home in the first leg
The Gunners take on the side that dumped them out of the Champions League in 2012, with Gennaro Gattuso&#39;s men at home in the first leg
Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg
The Gunners take on the side that dumped them out of the Champions League in 2012, with Gennaro Gattuso's men at home in the first leg
FILE PHOTO - Britain Football Soccer - Arsenal Legends v AC Milan Legends - Emirates Stadium - 3/9/16. Arsenal Legends&#39; Nigel Winterburn Action Images via Reuters / Tony O&#39;Brien
Arsenal Legends v AC Milan Legends
FILE PHOTO - Britain Football Soccer - Arsenal Legends v AC Milan Legends - Emirates Stadium - 3/9/16. Arsenal Legends' Nigel Winterburn Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien
Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 after knocking out Ostersund
Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 after knocking out Ostersund
Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 after knocking out Ostersund
Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 after knocking out Ostersund
Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 after knocking out Ostersund
Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 after knocking out Ostersund
Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 after knocking out Ostersund
Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 after knocking out Ostersund
Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 after knocking out Ostersund
Europa League last 16 fixtures in full: Arsenal vs AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and more
Europa League last 16 fixtures in full: Arsenal vs AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and more
Europa League last 16 fixtures in full: Arsenal vs AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and more
Gabriel Paletta has found a new home in the Chinese Super League following his release from AC Milan last month.
Paletta joins Jiangsu Suning
Gabriel Paletta has found a new home in the Chinese Super League following his release from AC Milan last month.
Europa League draw LIVE – Arsenal paired with AC Milan in last 16!
Europa League draw LIVE – Arsenal paired with AC Milan in last 16!
Europa League draw LIVE – Arsenal paired with AC Milan in last 16!
Europa League draw LIVE – Arsenal paired with AC Milan in last 16!
Europa League draw LIVE – Arsenal paired with AC Milan in last 16!
Europa League draw LIVE – Arsenal paired with AC Milan in last 16!
Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan last-16 fixtures and opponents
Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan last-16 fixtures and opponents
Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan last-16 fixtures and opponents
Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan last-16 fixtures and opponents
Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan last-16 fixtures and opponents
Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan last-16 fixtures and opponents
The defender moves to China on a free transfer after terminating his contract with the Serie A side this winter
Former Milan defender Gabriel Paletta joins Jiangsu Suning on free transfer
The defender moves to China on a free transfer after terminating his contract with the Serie A side this winter
Washington State&#39;s Milan Acquaah (5) fouls California&#39;s Justice Sueing as he attempts a 3-point shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Berkeley, Calif. Washington State won 78-76. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
Bernstein's layup lifts Washington State past Cal
Washington State's Milan Acquaah (5) fouls California's Justice Sueing as he attempts a 3-point shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Berkeley, Calif. Washington State won 78-76. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

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