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Arsenal draw Milan in Europa blockbuster

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
23rd February, 2018
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Arsenal have been handed a tough Europa League last-16 tie against Italian giants AC Milan.

The Gunners made it into the draw despite losing at home to Swedish side Ostersund on Thursday night, progressing 4-2 on aggregate.

Now they come up against seven-time European Cup winners Milan, who saw off Ludogorets to reach this stage.

Both sides are struggling domestically. Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League while Milan languish seventh in Serie A but have not lost in all competitions since the turn of the year.

It will be the first time the two clubs have met since Milan won 4-3 on aggregate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals in 2012 where they lost to Barcelona.

The first leg will take place at the San Siro as Gennaro Gattuso looks to mastermind victory over Arsene Wenger’s men.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund will face Red Bull Salzburg and Spanish favourites Atletico Madrid take on Lokomotiv Moscow.

Lazio meet Dynamo Kiev, RB Leipzig have been drawn against Celtic’s conquerors Zenit St Petersburg, CSKA Moscow face Lyon – who will be hosting this year’s final – while fellow Ligue 1 side Marseille tackle Athletic Bilbao and Sporting Lisbon play Viktoria Plzen.

All opening legs will take place on March 8, with the ties concluding on March 15.

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Europa League
* Lazio v Dynamo Kiev

* RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg

* Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow

* CSKA Moscow v Lyon

* Marseille v Athletic Bilbao

* Sporting Lisbon v Viktoria Plzen

* Borussia Dortmund v FC Salzburg

* AC Milan v Arsenal

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