Arsenal will take on Portuguese giants Benfica in the first knockout round of this year’s Europa League.
Benfica, who are not Olympiakos, came second in their Europa League group behind Rangers. They’re also second in the standings on the domestic front, just behind Sporting Lisbon who we played in this competition a couple of years ago.
Readers of a certain age will remember a painful exit at the hands of Benfica in the European Cup in 1992. After securing a creditable 1-1 draw away at the Stadium of Light, we were handed a lesson at Highbury as a brace from Isias downed us 3-1 after extra time.
David Luiz will no doubt be looking forward to the match. He won the Primeira Liga title with Benfica in 2009/10 and was heavily linked with a return to the club before signing an extension at Arsenal.
The first legs are scheduled for Thursday 18 February, with the second legs on 25 February. Seeded teams (that’s us) are at home in the second legs.
Wolfsberg (AUT) vs Tottenham (ENG)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) vs Club Brugge (BEL)
Real Sociedad (ESP) vs Manchester United (ENG)
Benfica (POR) vs Arsenal (ENG)
Crvena zvezda (SRB) vs AC Milan (ITA)
Antwerp (BEL) vs Rangers (SCO)
Slavia Praha (CZE) vs Leicester (ENG)
Salzburg (AUT) vs Villarreal (ESP)
Braga (POR) vs Roma (ITA)
Krasnodar (RUS) vs Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Young Boys (SUI) vs Leverkusen (GER)
Molde (NOR) vs Hoffenheim (GER)
Granada (ESP) vs Napoli (ITA)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) vs Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
LOSC Lille (FRA) vs Ajax (NED)
Olympiacos (GRE) vs PSV Eindhoven (NED)