Arsenal to face BATE Borisov in Europa League knock-out stages

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The draw for the first knock-out round of the Europa League was made this afternoon, and Arsenal will face BATE Borisov.

The clubs met in last season’s competition during the group stages with the Gunners running out 4-2 winners in Belarus, and then 6-0 winners in the game at the Emirates.

BATE have former Gunner Alex Hleb in their squad, which adds something to the occasion, such as it is, but it’s a reasonably long trip for Unai Emery to contend with.

We’re away in the first leg which takes place on February 14th, and while most second leg games will take place on February 21st, the Arsenal game is being moved to Wednesday 20th to avoid a clash with Chelsea’s home game in the same competition.

That fixture will have a kick off time of 5pm which is absolute nonsense, but then that’s true of a lot of things about this competition.

Arsecast Extra Episode 262 – 17.12.2018

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Ólafur
Ólafur

Good draw, COYG!

Pedant
Pedant

Should be easy, don’t have to start with our first team even.

Winterburn87
Winterburn87

As long as we have our first choice back four, look at what happened against Southampton

Martin
Martin

As we beat them 10-2 last year I don’t think you could compare them to any Premier League team

Michael Osborn
Michael Osborn

I think Hleb still plays for them…

Gooneron
Gooneron

Good draw. We welcome back Alexander Hleb

Arthur
Arthur

Some game time for the academy boys

Richie

Good draw. First leg is on Valentine’s Day, so cancel plans with her inside (or maybe not, it’ll likely be a 6pm kick-off, still time for romance after). We’re home in the second leg. The two matches will sandwich the FA Cup Quarter Final weekend.

clockenddan
clockenddan

Still time for a double round of romance with a 6pm kick off!

Emery in Aubalaca wonderland
Emery in Aubalaca wonderland

If you don’t drink too much to celebrate the victory.

Andreas
Andreas

Given that it is played on a wednesday. Would I be correct to assume that this fixture will not affect the match scheduled for saturday the 23th? (TV schedule might, though).

Richie

For now I’d assume Southampton at home on Saturday February 23rd won’t get moved to Sunday. We got Bournemouth on Tuesday 26th anyway so unlikely Southampton gets moved to Sunday.

GraeB
GraeB

Wrong. EL games are Thursdays (this one at 5.55pm). Southampton revenge is on Sunday (unless it turns into Karaoke Cup Final) and Bournemouth moved to Wednesday with Spuds game likely to move too – but don’t rule out early kick off on the Saturday just to make it worse for us.

Life is just so easy to plan!

Richie

Yes the Southampton match has now been updated to Sunday on the arsenal fixture list. When I checked earlier, it was still listed as the Saturday.

Pete
Pete

5pm?? Seriously?? WTF is that all about? It’s bad enough having to watch sub standard football on the season ticket without having to leave work early to do it

Richie

I have a feeling Arsenal may complain to uefa about that 5pm kick off time and it will get switched to 8pm.

The only sp*rs i like is san antonio
The only sp*rs i like is san antonio

Imagine us who live on the other side of the earth who have to watch this at 2-3 am in the morning in a regular basis…

lordgunner
lordgunner

the 8PM KO is shit for many gooner who are living outside london too , that mean very often you have too rush to get one of the last train (very often full ) , arrive home very late…
specially this sort of match vs some small eastern team, very few people will want to travel all the way and comeback late to watch bate

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

So we will have to master BATE again

Richie

Yes, master BATE on Valentine’s Day.

Confused
Confused

Story of my life…

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

I masturbate every day.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Ah, you beat me off to it.

OneBeatOff
OneBeatOff

I do that a lot.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Not sure I’d broadcast that tbh

N10
N10

We should take them handily.

jon

I guess the video just was running with a large buffer, but the way it looked at the UEFA website, the draw appeared fixed – results were presented before they had made the draw. Luckily, Arsenal seem to have paid the biggest bribe, because it was a grate selection.

To make it to the Champions League through winning this tournament seems difficult, however. Chelsea, Napoli, Inter, Zenit, Valencia, Sevilla will all be wating for us in the next round. It might – after all – be easier to make the top for in the PL.

Richie

We were still in the pot with the last 4 matches to be drawn, and we couldn’t get Lisbon, so there was a 33/33/33 chance of getting BATE or Galatasaray or Fenerbache, and I’m very glad we avoided a trip to Turkey.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I didn’t know we had to play all those 6 teams (7 if you include Hleborisov FC) to win the Europa. When did that rule come into place?

No one said the EL will be easy, but cup competitions are just that. I think asking for one of Spurs and/or Chelsea (or both) to consistently go on a poor form ala United for the rest of the season is probably statistically still less likely than winning the EL.

asda
asda

Similarly, you don’t need one of those two to go on a lengthy bad run, a small dip might be enough. And I really wonder how long can Hazard keep playing 50+ games per season, he’s on 49 game per season average for the last 10, that’s pretty crazy.

Aregt
Aregt

Celebrate Valentine’s Day or watch the game against BATE?

Richie

Both if you love The Arsenal

Hantal
Hantal

Not easy given the travel but should be fairly straightforward

Martin
Martin

Well it was easy enough last season when we beat them 10-2 on aggregate

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Indian gooner

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myrtle
myrtle

Great Arsecast extra today guys. I started in a bad mood and left laughing, top stuff.

Arseman
Arseman

Hopefully the young Arse can master bate

Arseman
Arseman

We should be able to master Bate on Valentine’s day

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

COYG, let us master bate!

santori
santori

Always the danger when it looks ‘easy’.

That said, we are our own worse enemies.

The only real challenge in this competition would be Chelshit and potentially Napoli.

But we do conspire to make things difficult for ourselves even post Wenger.

Hopefully we will have players mended by then. Fullback situation is slight concern at the moment with Kolasinac and Bellerin with knocks.

santori
santori

Agree with Podcast of course about transfer window.

Unai has had us punching above our weight at the moment but Soton was simply a Bridge too Far given Cback/defense resources and qualities.

We need a Cback. Mavropanos can go on loan as he is yet unproven. Koscielny is strictly last season, anything from him is a bonus. The Cback from Valladolid cost only 11m euros, is 23yrs and 6’2. I say get him.

Also need an attacking wide player so we have variation to Mhkirtaryan, Ozil and Ramsey (one of whom will leave..likely the Welshman) and someone as an alternative to Iwobi with nelson on loan and Welbeck out.

santori
santori

HOw funny not too long ago people were dissing Wenger for Top 4 trophy and now they prefer to prioritise it over certain cups.:D

Frankly we need to get into CL. I always mentioned the importance of it but some preferred to dismiss it and tow the media line.

The Carabao cup is rubbish. That said beat Spurts (like Flamini did last season) and throw it.

We need to go for the FA and the Europa.

Obama Young

We draw Boris Badenov again! comment image

Welcome back Hleb! comment image

Vonnie
Vonnie

We have good draws in the Europa and FA cup, so long as we don’t get overconfident. Play some youngsters but keep the big guns ready, we have learned the hard way in the past.

Runzac
Runzac

Remember when we used to draw Barcelona or Bayern? Now its Bate Borisov.

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

Would you rather master Bate and win 10-2 over 2 games, or lose 10-1 to Bayern?