Arsenal handed mouth-watering Milan tie

23 February 2018 08:19:50 EST

Arsenal have been paired with Italian giants AC Milan in the draw for the last-16 of the Europa League.

The Gunners struggled to get the better of Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the last round, losing the second leg 2-1 at home as they advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

Boss Arsene Wenger labelled his players complacent in the wake of that shock home defeat and will need his team to raise their game when they come up against Milan next month.

The Rossoneri have been impressive since former midfield general Gennaro Gattuso was appointed manager towards the end of 2017 and have yet to taste defeat since the turn of the year.

The seven-time European champions enjoyed a comfortable route through the last-32, seeing off Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets Razgrad 4-0 on aggregate.

The last time the two sides meet in 2012 it was Milan who came out on top in the Champions League last-16 tie, thrashing Arsenal 4-0 at the San Siro before the Gunners won the second leg 3-0.

The Londoners will travel to Italy for the first leg on 8th March with the return match at the Emirates Stadium taking place a week later.

AC Milan are 11/10 to pick up the win in the first leg, while Arsenal are 29/10 and the draw is 12/5.

Elsewhere in Friday's draw, Atletico Madrid were paired with Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow while Borussia Dortmund face FC Salzburg.

Zenit St Petersburg, who knocked Celtic out in the last round, have been drawn against German out RB Leipzig.

Atletico Madrid are 11/8 to win this season's Europa League while Borussia Dortmund are 1212/1 and Arsenal 3/1.

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