The former Premier League players that could end British Champions League hopes

Didier Drogba was drawn against Chelsea in the Champions League but he is not the only Premier League legend who could come back to haunt English clubs. A former Manchester United man features along with a current Arsenal one.

As exciting as we all found the draw for the Champions League last 16, none of us probably enjoyed it as much as Didier Drogba.

"What a draw... I'm the luckiest man in this competition," he posted on his Instagram account. "In both games I'll be playing home!!!!! See you in few months."

But hearts will have to be broken, whether it is Drogba's Galatasaray side who upset his former club Chelsea, or the other way around.

And, intriguingly, each of the opponents drawn against Premier League teams in the knockout stages contain players that used to ply their trade in England. Will any of them come back to haunt them?

Didier Drogba

A headline act in his time at Stamford Bridge, it would be rude of us not to start with Ivorian Drogba.

At 35, Drogba is still going strong with Galatasaray. His impact was already clear for all to see last season, when his back-heeled finish found the net against Real Madrid in the first of Drogba's Jose Mourinho reunions.

And now, the Ivorian is offering even more to his side, scoring twice and registering three assists during a Champions League group that saw Gala knock Juventus out and finish behind a Madrid side now managed by Carlo Ancelotti.

If anyone can cause Chelsea problems in Europe, it is the man who won them their only Champions League crown. And will the Blues have it in them to knock their hero out of Europe, anyway?

Arjen Robben

Drogba is not the only former Chelsea player to pose a threat to British sides this season, however. In Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben, Arsenal face one of the most successful players ever to have left the Premier League.

The Dutch winger has indeed continued to play a big part in his side's Champions League campaign, despite Pep Guardiola's rumoured preference for others, and tops both Munich's scorers and assists charts in Europe this season.

It was Robben's goal that famously won Bayern the European final at Wembley last season and the 29-year-old will hold good memories of playing Arsenal from his time at Stamford Bridge.

Gerard Pique

It may have been a long time ago - but Gerard Pique was once a Manchester United player.

What more inspiration would the Barcelona defender need than that against a certain Manchester City in the last 16?

Pique recently scored Barcelona's 1000th ever goal in Europe at Camp Nou and presents a unique goal threat for the Catalan side, as well as a defensive rock that will make it his mission to man mark Sergio Aguero out of both legs against City.

The 26-year-old's form has been questioned this season but he will be keen to hit back at his critics - especially against the blue half of Manchester.

Joel Campbell

A more enigmatic choice, former Arsenal striker Joel Campbell is slowly playing his way to the forefront of Greek football.

Okay, the 21-year-old is yet to score in the Champions League this season. But Campbell has netted five times in the Greek Super League and created eight assists.

And his former connection to the Gunners could be bad news for Manchester United, the British side Campbell's Olympiakos have been drawn against in the last 16.

Along with star man Konstantinos Mitroglou, Campbell could spring a surprise or two on David Moyes' side, while another former Premier League man - Vladimir Weiss - may also have a point to prove at Old Trafford.

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