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European nightmare awaits Gunners

The three toughest draws from the runner-up pot are Arsenal, AC Milan and Manchester City.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on 10 December 2013. Picrture: Facebook

CAPE TOWN - The sixteen teams through to the next round of the UEFA Champions League have been decided following the conclusion of the group stages.

The draw for the next round takes place on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland, with a host of mouth-watering permutations on the cards.

The eight group-winning teams will each be drawn against the runner-up.

There are some restrictions however, as a group winner cannot be drawn against a runner up from the same group or country.

Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all progressed to the next stage of the competition as group winners.

The eight runners-up were FC Schalke 04, Arsenal, Zenit St. Petersburg, AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiakos and Manchester City.

The three toughest draws from the runner-up pot are Arsenal, AC Milan and Manchester City.

The two English giants however face the real possibility of drawing one of European football's super clubs, with Arsenal definitely facing either Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Atletico Madrid.

City will avoid Bayern Munich in the next round, having already faced them in the group stage.

But the team still faces the daunting prospect of being paired with Real Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona.

Finalists in three of the last six seasons, Manchester United can look forward to a relatively comfortable draw, potentially facing off with FC chalke 04, Zenit, AC Milan, Galatasaray or Olympiakos.

Chelsea, 2012 winners, also finished top of their group meaning they will avoid the European powerhouses in the next round.

The draw gets underway at 1pm.

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