So either this is an insane coincidence or pure fixture fixing by European football’s governing body.
As many of you witnessed, Red London published results from what was suggested as a rehearsal draw for the Champions League round of 16 yesterday, ahead of today’s occasion in Nyon.
The scenario from almost 24 hours ago notably pitted Arsenal against Bayern Munich and Manchester United against Real Madrid.
In Wednesday’s article, it was made very clear that those fixtures were NOT the result of the actual draw, but somehow strangely, the draw that was held in Nyon on Thursday had the same results.
Indeed, what can support claims of there being a fix by UEFA or an astonishing coincidence is how not just the Arsenal vs Bayern and United vs Madrid clashes reappeared in today’s results but how other ties like AC Milan vs Barcelona, Valencia vs PSG and every single other pairing in yesterday’s result was repeated.
Ever since Arsenal were handed Barcelona for two straight campaigns and AC Milan last year despite topping their group, I have personally doubted how genuine these UEFA draws are.
About the tie itself which Arsenal have been handed against Bayern Munich, it will take place first on February 19, 2013 at the Emirates stadium before the Gunners travel for the second leg in Munich on March 13.
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Here is the repeated full draw again.
Galatasaray v FC Schalke
Celtic v Juventus
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund
AC Milan v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Manchester United
Valencia v Paris St Germain
FC Porto v Malaga