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Arsenal to face AC Milan in Champions League tie

Posted on 16/12/2011 in Premier League, Serie A

Arsenal have been drawn against seven-time European champions AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Described as "the pick of the round" by Gunners club secretary David Miles, the tie will see Arsene Wenger's side travel to Italy in February for the first leg.

Miles told Sky Sports News: "It's going to be a fantastic two games. If I'm being honest, there are maybe some other teams we would have preferred."

Arsenal last faced Milan in 2008, when they won 2-0 at the San Siro to reach the quarter-finals.

The north Londoners could be buoyed by the return of Jack Wilshire for their Champions League clash, as Wenger has suggested the injured midfielder will be ready for action by mid-February.

Wilshere has not played since picking up an ankle injury during a pre-season game in July.

Meanwhile, Chelsea also face a trip to Italy in the new year, having been drawn against Napoli.

The Serie A side qualified for the last 16 for the first time after defeating Manchester City in the group stages.