Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Reaction to Champions League Last-16 Draw

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Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Reaction to Champions League Last-16 Draw
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Arsenal may have avoided Barcelona, but they have been given one of the toughest draws possible after Bayern Munich were pulled out as their opponents for the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

The Gunners will meet last year's beaten finalists at the Emirates Stadium on February 19, before the second leg at the Allianz Arena on March 13. 

Before the draw there were only two teams that Arsene Wenger and his team would really have wanted to avoid—Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

There are no two ways around it: Arsenal are going to have to do things the hard way if they are to get to Wembley and triumph next May.

Following the draw, the Gunners' odds have been cut by bookmakers from 25-1 to 40-1 to win "the trophy with big ears."

Along with the Arsenal-Bayern tie, the draw has also thrown up a few more potential classics with the latest football darlings on the block, Borussia Dortmund, facing Shaktar Donetsk. AC Milan and Barcelona will play out the latest chapter in their amazing rivalry, while Real Madrid will face Manchester United in the heavyweight clash of the last 16.

Here we look at the coming fixtures between two of Europe's footballing crown jewels.

 

Full draw

Galatasaray vs. FC Schalke

Celtic vs. Juventus

Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Borussia Dortmund

AC Milan vs. Barcelona

Real Madrid vs. Manchester United

Valencia vs. Paris Saint-Germain

FC Porto vs. Malaga

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