Champions League draw: Arsenal draw Monaco but nightmare for Chelsea and Manchester City

The current Premier League leaders will play PSG while City face Barcelona

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Arsenal will play Monaco in the Round of 16 of the Champions League after the draw was incredibly kind to the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger's side could have faced one of the biggest teams in Europe, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich among the possible contenders. However, they managed to avoid them and will instead take on the French side that Wenger used to manage.

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Manchester City meanwhile were not quite so fortunate and appear to have gone from the frying pan into the fire having been drawn against Barcelona. Manuel Pellegrini's side did remarkably well to escape their group having picked up just two points from their first four games, however they will do remarkably well to progress further. The fixture will see Luis Suarez return to England for the first time since his switch from Liverpool.

Chelsea were handed perhaps the toughest draw they could have when they were paired with Paris St Germain. Having won their group, Jose Mourinho's side could have faced many easier looking fixtures, including the likes of FC Basel, Bayer Leverkusen or Shakhtar Donetsk. Instead they take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's French champions and will also welcome former defender David Luiz back to Stamford Bridge.

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Holders Real Madrid face a simple enough assignment with German side Schalke standing in their way. Borussia Dortmund, who topped Arsenal's group, will feel aggrieved that their reward is to be handed Italian giants Juventus.

Bayern Munich will play Shakhtar Donetsk whilst last year's finalist Atletico Madrid take on Bayer Leverkusen. FC Porto and FC Basel will both fancy their chances of reaching the quarter-finals.

Full draw...

Chelsea vs PSG

Barcelona vs Manchester City

Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen

Borussia Dortmund vs Juventus

Real Madrid vs Schalke

Bayern Munich vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Monaco vs Arsenal

FC Porto vs FC Basel

The group winners will play away in the Round of 16 first-legs on 17/18 and 25/26 February and then at home in the second-leg on 10/11 and 17/18 March.

FULL FIXTURE LIST FOR THE LAST-16:

First Leg...

Tuesday 17 February

PSG vs Chelsea

Shakhtar Donestsk vs Bayern Munich

Wednesday 18 February

Schalke vs Real Madrid

FC Basel vs Porto

Tuesday 24 February

Manchester City vs Barcelona

Juventus vs Borussia Dortmund

Wednesday 25 February

Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid

Arsenal vs Monaco

Second Leg:

Tuesday 10 March

Porto vs Basel

Real Madrid vs Schalke

Wednesday 11 March

Chelsea vs PSG

Bayern Munich vs Shakhtar Donestsk

Tuesday 17 March

Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen

Monaco vs Arsenal

Wednesday 18 March

Barcelona vs Manchester City

Borussia Dortmund vs Juventus

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