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Arsenal to Face Liverpool in Champions League Quarterfinals

The Champions League quarterfinal draw pitted together some familiar foes: Arsenal will take on fellow English Premier League club Liverpool while Manchester United drew Italy's Roma for the third time in two years. Barcelona and Chelsea were handed the easiest draws; they face Germany's Schalke 04 and Turkey's Fenerbahce, respectively.

Across England, the Arsenal-Liverpool draw dominated headlines. The Gunners will now play the Reds three times in the course of one week, as the teams' second EPL clash comes wedged between both Champions League games. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was philosophical about the situation: "I think it's challenging, interesting as well. It's a good opportunity to be consistent against Liverpool because it's three very important games for us."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez sounded more disappointed. "Nobody wanted to play an English team," he said. "[But] it's not the worst moment for us. We have confidence, playing well, scoring goals, progressing well in the Champions League, beating an Italian team top of their table, one of the best teams in Europe." The winner of the all-English series could face Chelsea if the Blues beat Fenerbahce, as expected. For Liverpool, it would be the third time meeting Chelsea in four years in the Champions League semifinals. Liverpool won on each of the other occasions. The quarterfinal first legs begin April 1.

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