Europa League draw – Arsenal’s potential opponents

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The draw for this season’s Europa League takes place at noon GMT today. It’s Arsenal’s first participation in this tournament since its re-branding from the UEFA Cup and the potential opponents are now clear following last night’s final qualification games.

The Gunners are one of the highest seeded teams in Pot 1, and we’ll be drawn against a team from each of the other three pots.

We’ll have the results of the draw for you as soon as it’s made.

POT1

Zenit (RUS)
Arsenal (ENG)
Lyon (FRA)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Villarreal (ESP)
Athletic Club (ESP)
Lazio (ITA)
AC Milan (ITA)
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
Salzburg (AUT)
København (DEN)
Braga (POR)

POT2

FCSB (ROU)
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)
BATE Borisov (BLR)
Everton (ENG)
Young Boys (SUI)
Marseille (FRA)
Real Sociedad (ESP)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS)
Austria Wien (AUT)
Hertha Berlin (GER)
Nice (FRA)

POT3

Astana (KAZ)
Partizan (SRB)
Hoffenheim (GER)
Köln (GER)
Rijeka (CRO)
Vitória Guimarãs (POR)
Atalanta (ITA)
Zulte Waregem (BEL)
Zorya Luhansk (UKR)
Rosenborg (NOR)
Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)

POT4

Apollon Limassol (CYP)
İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR)
Konyaspor (TUR)
Vitesse (NED)
Slavia Praha (CZE)
Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Skënderbeu (ALB)
Zlín (CZE)
AEK Athens (GRE)
Lugano (SUI)
Vardar (MKD)
Östersund (SWE)

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Naz

Would love Ludogorets, Tiraspol, and Skenderbeu

Bulgaria, Moldova and Albania. Cheap beer, cheap flights hello! That’s all I think about when I see eastern European europa league teams vs Central European champions league powerhouses.

Donald\'s Trump

And Melania

Crash Fistfight

So, you’re looking to get shit-faced in shitty places, then? You must love going to away games in Stoke and Middlesbrough.

BidOnLard

Ludogoretz won’t play their games in Sofia this year – so it’s the flight and then a few hours bus to their town with a severely unpleasant away cage, so – no, I would not recommend.

yen

Hi from Czech Republic! There are two teams in POT4 (Slavia Prague and FC Zlin) from our country, where beer is not only cheap, but also really good (since we’re called the ‘beer nation.’)

yen

Also, Prague as one of the most beautiful cities in the world is definitely worth visiting and far from “shitty.”

Crash Fistfight

Nope, it’s not shitty, but then I didn’t mention Prague.

You don’t need to get offended because you think I’m being xenophobic – seeing as how I mentioned that Stoke and Middlesbrough are shitty, does that mean I think everywhere in Western Europe is also shitty?

Mootilated

Well, that escalated quickly.

yen

Dude, didn’t get offended at all, just come and have a beer!

Crash Fistfight

Sorry yen – would be happy to do so 🙂

George

He wasn’t talking to you, just inviting Naz to come drink in Prague where the beer is cheap and good. Salue!

Crash Fistfight

Fair enough. Apologies all.

Obviously too early in the morning for me.

barronsballs

This guy just won the internet today for having some integrity

Artro

I went interrailing a few years ago and Prague was by far the nicest city I visited, so beautiful and the people were so friendly. I much preferred it to the usual powerhouses of Paris, Rome, Barcelona etc…

… plus you can go out with the equivalent of 10 euro, get absolutely hammered and come home with change!!!

yen

Surely sounds like Prague!

yen

+ speaking of Trump, his first wife Ivana comes from Zlin.

THIS COUNTRY IS A LIVING DREAM GUYS.

Groverider

Sounds great! I’m on my…..
Waiiit a minute …
**remembers the film ‘Hostel’**

Hajdú

Would be nice to draw Rosenborg. Weather’s lovely here at that time of year. Also you can get a pint for as little as £10 if you’re lucky.

GoonerJust

I can’t believe we’re in this lower grade competition. It feels surreal…

The Director

Looking forward to an epic European cup run, but I am not sure if Arsene will take the competition seriously. We should be favourites to win it, along with Milan.

wizardry

Teams in the Europa league are no pushovers.

Stuck on repeat...

Agree – think this is much more our current type of cup competition…but only if we take it seriously though. We’re good enough to win it, now let’s show that we can.

Sad though it is, we’ve been out of our depth in the CL for years now.

Man Manny

I fully expect the totts to drop in by November (after 4 rounds of CL group games), and many more strong teams too.

Christian

Young Boys, Zulte Waregem, Slavia Praha Please, manageable teams and no long travels

gooner

Except we’ll draw Istanbul BB just to face Clichy, Adebayor and Emre Belzoglou

Cheesus

Being from Bern, Switzerland I’m praying for the YB-Arsenal draw. Last year when we drew Basel I was over the moon, so let’s hope I get to see my team in my hometown this time. May the balls be heated juuust right.

JAL

This is our only realistic hope of CL football however I’m not convinced we’re good enough to win this tbh (unless we bring in top top quality, and keep Sanchez). Happy to be proved wrong.

andre santos

fourth!!! woo hoo ! the wenger trophy

andre santos

missing a bit of sharpness in the final third today

MTZ

I hope we meet Rosenborg from pot 3. Lord Bendtner is currently playing there! He helped Rosenborg knock Ajax out last night by scoring the first goal.

LyonSL

No matter who we draw, our aim should be to win it. Hopefully Wenger takes this competition seriously.

DennisElbow

He doesn’t even take the PL or the CL seriously.

GunnerYY

Wenger takes both seriously, but he just can’t win it

Pedant

Looks strange not to see T*ttenham’s name, I associate them with those Pot 3 and 4 sides.

Arun

Matter of time, they will join us by Christmas

poly

If they manage to get third place

beNZed

Please please please Östersund !!

andre santos

who even watches Europa league…

Jalex

Me from this season! Hoping to see a LOT of goals throughout our run.

Stuck on repeat...

We do now. COYG!

andre santos

how we have fallen. its a disgrace to see so many here embracing wengers failure mentality and satisfaction with mediocrisy.
joyfully awaiting the europa league fixtures.
take a long hard look at yourselves in the mirror tonight.

Sean

Or maybe we’re just getting behind our team and joyfully awaiting seeing them play? You can disagree with what Wenger is doing and still support the boys when they get out on the pitch.

Berlingoon

Would love to get Hertha. Would be able to see the Arsenal in my hometown then. Touch wood!
If we do play them and some of you come over, let me know and I’ll show you my town, Gooners!

John Lukic

I know your town mate! It’s provided me with many fuzzy memories…..

Timsh

For the Bundesliga it seems relatively easy to get Tickets for your big ass stadium, hope to get one for Arsenal should they be drawn in one group. doubt it will be as easy to get tickets as easily for Arsenal though

Giroud2ramsey

I heartily endorse this event or product

Giroud2ramsey

Berlingoon, do you know of a good pub in Berlin for watching football? Specifically Arsenal? Just moved and got dazn, but watching in my room can lack a bit of atmosphere

Berlingoon

„Blarneys“
Methfesselstr. 4
10965 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Tel.: 030-78898225
http://www.blarney-pub.de

Cheers mate

GunnerDareMKD

Come on VARDAR my home team get the draw of my Dream 😀

GunnerDareMKD

worth to mention my home team eliminated that cunt snake van ppersie out of Europe against all the odds

VintageFuzz

I want Arsenal to draw Red Star Belgrade or Partizan. Really want to see Arsenal play here in this atmosphere 🙂

GunnerDareMKD

Well if is not Vardar, I will be glad to be Partizan or Red Star, will come to Belgrade to watch them will contact you to go together

VintageFuzz

Belgrade it is! 😀

andre santos

less than a week to go. No more players coming in .
15 points of the boil last season and everyone bar spurs have strengthened their squads with the best players in the world while our managers is satisfied with our squad of wellbeck , ox , walcot and elniny.
Its a fucking joke but its making me so depressed.

Berlingoon

It’s a joke when you can’t even spell the players that you’re moaning about.

andre santos

we ve been downgraded to thursday night football and all you can think of is the spelling of the players names ? Classic wenger mentality i say.

Jdog

Hate to break it to you, but spurs also just strengthened an already solid defence by buying one of the best young defensive talents in the world (Sanchez – I watch a lot of Ajax games as my second team).

andre santos

we,re doomed then

Crash Fistfight

Oh no, not a centre-half! It’s not like they already have two decent ones already or anything.

Hank Scorpio

I don’t know who is in our group yet but I just put my life’s savings on us finishing 2nd

ronaldo

dont care

love and hate

We’re going to play lyon at some point and we all know it

Gunner in Canada

Real Sociedad (ESP),
Zulte Waregem (BEL),
Vitesse (NED)

I would take this, little travel, smaller clubs

Sam

and San Sebastian a lovely place to visit. I’d not bet Vela not scoring against us though.

Crash Fistfight

Vela was always the master of the pointless goal, so we’d probably already be a few goals up at that point.

Indian Gooner

To be honest. Not interested at all.
Probably not going to be watching it till be reach the Semis or something. Just doesn’t interest me..
And to be honest we shouldn’t be too interested in it and probably concentrate on the PL.
What have we come down to 🙁

Copelandão

Give me Austria Wein, Rijeka and Praha!

Podgygooner

N.B. we can’t draw Everton.

Mootilated

Considering our start to the season, I really think we should consider taking this League seriously. I think we will struggle to make top four, and should aim to try and get Champions League a la Mourinho with United last year. Winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League both seem like mountains to climb for us, though.

So we’ll get

Marseille
Hoffenheim
AEK Athens

ramgooner

Our season ended when we played Ludogorets and Santi got injured. Let’s not forget that.

Runzac

Marseille, Hoffenheim and Vitesse would make Thursday night football quite interesting

Mike

Red Star Belgrade would be awesome, or Partizan (the Zvezda stadium is more unique though, insofar as it is an amphitheater dug into the ground, which is only possible because the city is so far above sea level).

Belgrade is a brilliant city.

Serpent

Red Star it is!

T-Bag

Everyone knows the Europa League is the new CL!

Just like the Carabao Cup is the new FA Cup!!

Thursday’s are the new Tuesday and Wednesday’s, they are that good!!