Arsenal and Chelsea have been handed tough draws for the first round of the Champions League knockout stages.

 

Both teams are facing a trip to Italy as the Gunners have drawn Serie A champions AC Milan, while Chelsea will line up against Napoli.

 

Arsene Wenger will take his side to San Siro after they finished top of Group F and Andre Villas-Boas will be going to the Stadio San Paolo in Naples due to topping Group E.

 

Arsenal and Milan last faced each other in 2008 at the same stage of the tournament.

 

The Gunners were victorious in that tie courtesy of a 0-2 win in Milan, after a goalless draw in the first leg at Emirates Stadium.

 

The win at San Siro was provided by a long-distance Cesc Fabregas strike and a late goal from Emmanuel Adebayor.

 

Arsenal could possibly take some heart from the fact that Milan have exited the competition at this stage in the last three years.

 

All of those defeats were handed to the Rossoneri by English clubs – Manchester United and Tottenham were the victors following Arsenal’s triumph.

 

Chelsea are set to play Champions League new boys Napoli, who came through a group that contained Barclays Premier League club Manchester City.

 

The Serie A club condemned Roberto Mancini’s side to the Europa League after a famous victory in Naples and then by winning at Villareal.

 

There will be a touch of mystery around Chelsea’s tie, as this will be the first time the Blues have ever face Napoli.

First leg ties have been scheduled for 14th-15th and 21st-22nd February, while the second legs are penciled in for 6th-7th and 13th-14th March

The Arsenal official website has confirmed the Gunners's first leg will be played on February 15th at San Siro, with the return leg at Emirates Stadium being played on March 6th.

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