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12th Dec 2016

Arsenal fans cry ‘conspiracy’ after Champions League last 16 draw

The fix is in!

Rob Burnett

There are a few certainties you can always rely on with the last 16 draw of the Champions League.

A visit to the fictional town of Nyon. Faceless UEFA bureaucrats being wheeled out to explain complicated seeding systems.

A random former Champions League winner struggling to open the little balls containing the names of the clubs.

And Arsenal being drawn against Bayern Munich.

And so it proved again this morning when the Gunners were paired with the German champions again as their reward for finishing top of their group.

It will be the fourth time Arsenal be facing Bayern in the last four years – and their last seven round of 16 opponents reads like a roll call of former winners: Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich, AS Monaco, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Bad luck? Yes. But some Gunners fans think something fishy has been going on…

One fan even pointed the finger at Ruud Gullit. Because he really, really cares who Arsenal play in the Champions League. Obviously.

But not everyone was calling it fixed, some were simply resigned to their fate:

Obligatory Piers-Morgan-somehow-making-this-Wenger’s-fault tweet:

And Bayern knew it was coming five days ago…

The first leg of the ties will be played on 14th and 15th, and 21st and 22nd of February.

The return legs will take place on the 7th and 8th, and the 14th and 15th of March.

Catch up with this week’s episode of Football Friday Live: