Who can Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs face in the Europa League last 16?

Three Premier League clubs, plus Rangers, progressed to the next round (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham face some dangerous potential opponents in the last 16 of the Europa League as seeding is dispensed with for the next round.

Three Premier League sides secured their place in the draw, with Tottenham seeing off Wolfsberger 8-1 on aggregate on Wednesday and United playing out a goalless draw with Real Sociedad on Thursday after winning 4-0 in the first leg.

Arsenal came through a thrilling tie against Benfica earlier in the day, scoring late on to book their passage to the next round, but Leicester City were knocked out as they lost 2-0 at home to Slavia Prague.

Arsenal survived a scare against Benfica in the ‘home’ leg of their tie in Athens (Picture: Getty)

As well as United, there are four other Champions League drop-outs still left in the competition: Shakhtar Donetsk, Olympiakos, Ajax and Dynamo Kyiv.

Other notable teams include Roma, who are fourth in the Serie A table, La Liga side Villarreal and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, who are on course to win the Scottish Premiership by a massive margin.

Unlike the last 16 of the Champions League, which is seeded and does not allow teams from the same country to play each other, there are no such restrictions in place in the Europa League and Premier League sides can be drawn against one another.

That means United, Arsenal and Spurs can face any other remaining opponent in the last 16, which are as follows…

The teams in the hat for the last 16 of the Europa League

Young Boys
Dynamo Kyiv
Dinamo Zagreb
Slavia Prague
Manchester United
AC Milan

When does the Europa League last 16 draw take place?

Fans will not have to wait long to find out who they will face in the next round, with the draw for the last 16 taking place on Friday February 26 at midday.

The draw will be hosted, as ever, at Uefa’s House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

When will the last 16 matches take place?

The first legs of the round of 16 will be played on Thursday March 11 with the second legs following a week later on March 18, though it is possible that either Tottenham or Arsenal will be asked to play on Wednesday if they are both drawn at home on the same night – as happened when Spurs hosted Wolfsberger this week.

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