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Holders Bayern draw Arsenal in Champions League

Created on Dec. 16, 2013 11:09 AM EST

Holders Bayern Munich have been paired with Arsenal in one of the standout UEFA Champions League last-16 ties.

The two sides met at the same stage of last season's competition, Bayern triumphing on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate score.

Bayern went on to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in May's final, part of an unprecedented treble in German football under the stewardship of Jupp Heynckes, with the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles completing their impressive trophy haul.

Arsenal have progressed from the initial group stage for the 14th straight year, and - despite being ousted by Bayern at this stage last season - will take heart from a 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of last season's tie.

Manchester City's reward for a first appearance in the knockout stages is a difficult encounter against Spanish champions Barcelona.

Gerardo Martino's men are looking to win the tournament for the first time since 2011 when they defeated Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley.

Last season's beaten finalists Dortmund face Zenit St Petersburg, while Real Madrid have been paired with Schalke.

Draw in full: Manchester City v Barcelona, Olympiacos v Manchester United, Milan v Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen v Paris Saint-Germain, Galatasaray v Chelsea, Schalke v Real Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg v Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal v Bayern Munich.

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