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Arsenal to face AC Millan in round of 16 of the Europa League as veteran Arsene Wenger faces rookie Gennaro Gattuso

Arsenal to face AC Millan in the last round of 16 of the Europa League as veteran Arsene Wenger faces rookie Gennaro Gattuso.
Arsene Wenger’s side have reached that stage of the competition despite losing 2-1 at home against Ostersunds on Thursday evening. They won the away leg 3-0.

The Gunners were the last team drawn from the pot on Friday afternoon, meaning they will be the away side in the first leg of their tie. AC Milan reached the last-16 with a 4-0 aggregate win against Ludogorets.
The first-leg at the San Siro will take place on March 8, kicking off at 6pm UK time, while Milan will visit the Emirates a week later on March 15, with an 8pm kick-off.

Arsenal’s most recent European meeting with AC Milan saw them exit the competition with a 4-3 loss on aggregate in the 2011-2012 edition of the Champions League.

Milan are led by Gennaro Gattuso, the former midfield general who has been handed the manager’s role despite a lack of experience at the top level.

Gattuso famously clashed with then-Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan when his Milan side took on Spurs in the Champions League in 2011.

He headbutted the former Manchester United and Leeds player during a touchline row.
Winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s best hope of qualifying for the Champions League next season. They are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid will take on Lokomotiv Moscow. City rivals CSKA Moscow were drawn against Lyon, who will host the final in their stadium.

Lazio will host Dynamo Kiev in the first game drawn from the pot, while RB Leipzig will take on Zenit St. Petersburg, who beat Celtic on Thursday night.

FULL EUROPA LEAGUE LAST-16 DRAW

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 Red Bull Salzburg

AC Milan v Arsenal

First-leg date: March 8

Second-leg date: March 15.

Marseille have been named as the home side for their first leg when they take on Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.

Sporting Lisbon have been handed a tie against Viktoria Plzen. Borussia Dortmund will also take on Red Bull Salzburg.

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