Arsenal and Chelsea discover Europa League last-16 opponents
Friday’s draw was not protected by any seeding but both clubs avoided big guns
The Europa League round of 16 draw took place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters
Arsenal have been drawn against French side Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Chelsea will face Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine as a result of Friday’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland.
The first legs of the last-16 ties are set for March 7th, with the returns taking place on March 14th as both Premier League clubs look to stay on course for the final in Baku.
Arsenal progressed from the round of 32 with a 3-1 aggregate win over Bate Borisov, overturning a first-leg loss in Belarus with a 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.
Chelsea, meanwhile, defeated Malmo, winning the second leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to add to a 2-1 away triumph in Sweden.
Both English clubs will be at home in the first leg.
Friday’s draw was not protected by any seeding, but teams from Russia and Ukraine were kept apart. Dynamo Kiev were first out and drew Chelsea.
Europa League round of 16:
Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev
Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter Milan
Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica
Napoli v Salzburg
Valencia v Krasnodar
Sevilla v Slavia Prague
Arsenal v Rennes
Zenit St Petersburg v Villareal