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Arsenal face tough test in Champions League

Arsene Wenger has guided Arsenal to the knockout stage for the 13th consecutive season. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsenal face another tricky tie if they are to get through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They were picked to meet the German side Bayern Munich in the last 16 at today's draw in Switzerland. Bayern are the runaway leaders of the German Bundesliga this season and made the final of the Champions League in May where they were beaten by Chelsea on penalties.

Bayern's Arjen Robben goes on the attack during the Champions League Final in May. Credit: AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Arsenal are paying the price for not winning their Champions League group which meant they were not seeded for today's draw. Though it's the 13th consecutive season that they have qualified for the knockout stage, the Gunners have been knocked out in the last 16 in the past two seasons.

The first leg against Bayern will be played in the middle of February at the Emirates Stadium with the second leg in Germany at the start of March.

In the Europa League, Chelsea were drawn with Sparta Prague - the first leg will be in the Czech Republic. If they get through, they will face either Ajax or Steaua Bucharest in the last 16.

Tottenham will face the French side Lyon at White Hart Lane in their first leg - the winners of the tie will play Inter Milan of FC Cluj after that.

The first legs of the last 32 ties will be played on February 14th with the return fixtures a week later.