The draw for the Europa League has been made and Arsenal are in Group H with Belarusian side Bate Borisov, FC Cologne, and Serbian outfit Red Star Belgrade.
The Gunners have never played Bate
or Red Star, but did meet Cologne in the 1970/71 Fairs Cup.
Update: Thanks to @crumppetz_ and @trev_brian who reminded me we played Red Star in the UEFA Cup in 1978 and lost 2-1 on aggregate in the third round the competition.
The games will take place on Thursdays, with the following schedule:
Matchday 1: September 14
Matchday 2: September 28
Matchday 3: October 19
Matchday 4: November 2
Matchday 5: November 23
Matchday 6: December 7
Premier League games those weekends will always be played on Sunday, and we’re away from home in five of them.
Those fixtures are Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City, Burnley, and Southampton. The second game in the group stage comes before the home fixture against Brighton on September 30th, which is the only home game we have after a European tie.
The official site has more info about the Europa League, and some very attractive ticket pricing, which sees adult prices start at £15.50 and Junior Gunners from £4.25