Arsenal’s qualification for the knock-out stages of the Europa League has been assured for some weeks now, but last night’s 1-0 win over Qarabag completed the group stage as all the other qualifiers were finalised.
The Gunners go into Monday’s draw with
10 15 potential opponents for the first knock-out round. They are:
BATE, Celtic, Club Brugge, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, Krasnodar, Lazio, Malmo, Olympiacos, Rapid Wien, Rennes, Slavia Praha, Shakhtar, Plzen, Zürich.
We’ve played some of them before, but some we haven’t. The stats show that our win record against the teams we’ve never played is 0% so as Unai Emery’s favourite singer Yazz once said, the only way is up.
Olympiacos beat Ivan Gazidis’ AC Milan 3-1 last night to send the Italians crashing out of the competition, and there are a couple of tricky trips in there – particularly the Turkish sides as well as Lazio.
The draw takes place in Nyon on Monday afternoon after an interminable UEFA ceremony during which we’ll all wish we were dead.
Arseblog News has no inside info at all, but we’re putting a crafty fiver on Shaktar because we’ve got Ukraine in the membrane this season.