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Arsenal Knocked Out Of The UEFA Champions League For The 6th Year Running

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who won their group ahead of French champions Paris Saint-Germain, have been rewarded with home and away legs against German giants Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side, having had to make do with finishing second in their group behind Barcelona, will play Ligue 1 side Monaco, hosting the principality side in the first leg. The third Premier League club still involved in the competition, English champions Leicester CIty, won their group and as a result are set to take on Spanish side Sevilla. Elsewhere, holders Real Madrid will lock horns with Serie A side Napoli, and fellow Spanish giants Barcelona take on Paris Saint-Germain. RELATED NEWS STORIES: Arsenal and Liverpool Fans Think We Look Like Champions, For Sure – Ex-Chelsea Star Arsene Wenger Sets Minimum Absence Period For Shkodran Mustafi Yes, Stance Has Changed, But No Asking Price Set – Wolfsburg Sporting Director On Arsenal Target Pace, Power, Teams Will Struggle To Contain Arsenal, Stoke Boss Admits Class Is Permanent – Leeds United Star Hails Jamie Vardy’s Hat-Trick Portuguese giants Benfica meanwhile have to contend with Borussia Dortmund for a place in the quarter-finals. The second Portuguese side still involved, FC Porto, are to take on Juventus. Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile play Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid. The Round of 16 first legs are due to be played over 14th to 15th and 21st to 22nd of February, with the return legs being set for 7th to 8th and 14th to 15th March. The final this season is at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 3rd June. 2016/17 Champions League Round of 16 Draw Manchester City vs Monaco Real Madrid vs Napoli Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich vs Arsenal FC Porto vs Juventus Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid Paris Saint-Germain vs Barcelona Sevilla vs Leicester City

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fans will have to endure the jeers and snide comments for the sixth year running as they dumped from the UEFA Champions league round of 16 again.

In fairness, not a great many teams can boast of qualification when paired with Barcelona, not this Barcelona team that have managed to avoid defeat in almost 40 games and with an attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez who have probably shipped in more goals between themselves than most teams in Europe.

In fairness, Arsenal compounded an already difficult task when they failed to take their chances at the Emirates and allowed Barcelona to hit them twice on the break to great effect.

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Arriving at the Nou Camp to overturn a 2-0 deficit is somewhere along the realm of impossibility but again, Arsenal showed more resolve and for large parts looked like they would almost get the job done. That has been the recurring theme of this Arsenal team, nearly there but never quite there,

Neymar’s beautiful first goal looked to seal the nail in Arsenal’s coffin before El Neny managed to pull one back. The equalizer energized Arsenal and gave them the hope that just maybe they could snatch two more but it was not to be.

Ultimately, a sumptuous Suarez volley and an audacious chip from Messi settled matters. Arsene Wenger will undoubtedly be feeling the heat once again and its really only a matter of time before the #WengerOut campaign begins.

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