Arsenal learn opponents for Europa League group stage

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Arsenal fourth consecutive season of Europa League football kicks off this month and we’ve just found out who’ll we’ll be facing in the group stages.

The Gunners are in Group B will take on Rapid Vienna, Norwegian side Molde, and Dundalk!

We’ve never faced any of these teams in a competitive fixture before, although a friendly between us and Rapid was abandoned in 2002.

Here’s the provisional schedule for the tournament.

Group stage

22/10/2020 Matchday 1
29/10/2020 Matchday 2
05/11/2020 Matchday 3
26/11/2020 Matchday 4
03/12/2020 Matchday 5
10/12/2020 Matchday 6

Knockout stage

18/02/2021–25/02/2021 Round of 32
11/03/2021–18/03/2021 Round of 16
08/04/2021–15/04/2021 Quarter-finals
29/04/2021–06/05/2021 Semi-finals
26/05/2021 Final

This year’s final will be hosted by Poland’s Gdansk Stadium. They were due to host the 2020 event until Covid-19 forced a change in format.

Congratulations to Sevilla on winning the tournament already.

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JBF

Blogs will be over the moon with that draw.

Djgooner

Well fingers crossed fans are allowed back in stadiums by the away leg so blogs can go!

Johnny 4 Hats

Given that their average attendance is about 2k I’m guessing the fans are used to social distancing.

OnlyBeingHonest

Twat

Johnny 4 Hats

Proving your name to be apt there buddy…

Eduar-do a deer

No more beers for that man!

Goontastic

Always fun in these chat boxes but some people… Just rude, especially to there fellow gooner. For shame.

Perry Crows

Ooof. Someone woke up on the wrong side of their mums bed.

Johnny 4 Hats

Hahaha! I usually rise above the unnecessary hate you sometimes get on here. But this one got me! Kudos sir.

Ethomasz

I dunno, I’m Irish and it’s bittersweet. Arsenal are coming to Ireland to play a competitive match for what is likely to be the only time in my life, and I and all the other Irish fans probably won’t be able to go. That stings a bit

Al Gilmore

Same here. A wee trip over the border for me wouldve been great.

Dundalk prob has an arsenal fan club. They must be gutted.

ViennaGooner

Same with me here in Austria.

allezkev

Same with the fans back here in England as away games to Austria, Norway and Ireland are about as good a they can get, bloody shame….

Krumphax

Yeah same with me. Every draw, I was like: Get Rapid, Austria or Salzburg. Very gutting. But At least we can watch it with Rapid Fans, will be interesting.

Arsenalista

I know, I’ve been waiting for 30 years to watch Arsenal play in Ireland then I move to Michigan and then Arsenal come to Ireland to play. Although I did get to see our under 21s beat manchesthair utd 2-1 at Shamrock Rovers stadium in Tallaght. Ah happy days.

Del Boy

Looks like our group is quite easy and not too far. Good start already!

looover

From an Arsenal point of view, this is very very pleasant. Austria, Norway and Ireland. Don’t have to travel far and surely we should have limited issues with topping this group.

nikoniko

very favorable indeed. Lets not fluff this

btw

Send out the kids!

Richie

With Grandpa Ozil!

Alex

Not good enough!

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Although he has clean slate.

OdalGooner

NEIN NEIN NEIN!

Steve Morrow’s fractured ulnar

Hello feir brigade here, what is the address of the feir please?

Berlingoon

Easy draw, relatively short travels. I’m fine with it. Let’s try to win it. Have been close in 2 of the last 3 seasons. Time to go the whole way.

Anonymarse

I think we should add an exclamation mark to our name

KongoKim

FOCK YES! Good for us blogs! Im from Vienna and obv super happy! I hate Rapid but they have a great atmosphere(considering how shite their football is). Kommen Sie, Kommen Sie!

Der Tisch

Have Rapid started allowing fans into the stadium? I live in Germany but my town is close to the Austrian border and has direct connectivity to Vienna. Do you think we can get to watch it live?

KongoKim

ahh no. just checked the FAQ and with yesterday the city of Vienna lowered the capacity from 10k to 3k on open air events. focking hell.

BillyKrystal

3k? How does that work then? I’m guessing season ticket holders have priority, but have they even sold season tickets this year? Either way hope you can get in there!

KongoKim

lottery for season ticket holders & members in 4 different categories. first game after covid lockdown had 10k and lot of people tried to get tickets against a midtable team in the austrian bundesliga. no way any rap*d supporter gonna miss this. everything relies on the contigent they offer Arsenal but u can expect rap*d supporters gettin red memberships to get their tickets.

gooner

Their football is shite? I thought they played rapid counter attacking football?

Aaron

If we went just by names, Santander would be in pole position all day long.

A Different George

In fairness, they are a club with a great history, a hugely influential club between the wars.

ViennaGooner

And two time European Cup Finalists. But football has changed.

pound4pound

Molde FK’s previous manager? One Ole Gunnar Solskjær. It’ll (almost) be like beating United!

Torterrier

Norwegian’s are such pleasant people. There’s only two I despise; Anders Behring Brevik and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Toure Motors

Bad taste to put those two in the same bracket

Torterrier

Bad taste would be to say I have great respect for the two of them.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Very bad taste and I am questioning why I enjoyed the laugh.

tgx

We should insist that Solskjær drop his middle name.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Not sure why you’d want that. You’ve clearly mastered the “æ“.

Rocky07

Didn’t we play Vienna in the European Cup in the early 90’s I kinda remember going to Highbury and Smudger scoring a couple 6:1 or something, we played in the classic banana kit, or am I making it all up, someone put me out of my misery.

KongoKim

Yes but “Austria Wien” in ’91.

KongoKim

a certain Ralph Hasenhüttl(now coach of Soton) was in that team!!!

A Different George

They are Rapid’s rival, I believe.

DaDude

They are indeed.

Up4GrabsNow!

Where did UEFA award the Final this year – somewhere sensible like Vladivostok? Our luck we make the Final and UEFA stipulates we can only take 9 players and travel by mini-bus…

A Voice in the Noise

I’ve read somewhere that This year’s final will be hosted by Poland’s Gdansk Stadium. They were due to host the 2020 event until Covid-19 forced a change in format, you know.
But don’t know if I can trust the source on that…

OdalGooner

I read the same somewhere. Can’t put my finger on where it was, though..

RedCurrant

Think I read that somewhere too. Staggering coincidence that we readers of Arseblog News all seem to be getting Arsenal news from the same source.

Godfrey Twatsloch

Any idea what Gdansk is like? If it’s anything like Wroclaw then it’ll be lovely.

Tapps

Gdansk is fabulous.

Godfrey Twatsloch

Maybe this is the year I try and score some tickets to the final then. I love Poland.

BillyKrystal

Pyongyang

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Bless You.

Aaron

If only your fingers were interchanged with a much more useful commodity called EYES.

myrtle

Good luck working a computer then mate!

Thierrys_Tears

Any word on who is in our group?

Daveo

One of those opponents haven’t done much for a while. They’ve grown Molde…
Hat – check; Coat – check; see you guys!!

Biggles

Looks OK, doesn’t it. They certainly aren’t “top drawer” on paper (like many, but not all, clubs in the Europa League) but you never know until the results are in.

Torterrier

I am really happy about this draw. Don’t have to travel too far, and should be some fun games against new opponents.

shokim

Blogs should be happy with that draw! Think we can top this group, easy peasy.

Chip

‘congrats to Sevilla for winning the tournament already’, made me chuckle!

Geefive

I think thats the most favourable draw we’ve had since……i think that’s most most favourable draw we’ve had.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

They all have secret weapons. One plastic pitch, one ice-bound pitch, one team wearing green and white camouflage. This won’t be a walk in the park. Oh no!

Wee’re doomed! Dooooomed I tell ye!!!

Gunners4Life

As much as we would prefer being in the Champions League, I have been enjoying getting to know all these lesser-known clubs from across Europe via our participation in the Europa League. It’s almost as thrilling as a cheese sampling event.

Biggles

I don’t think anything comes remotely close to a really good cheese tasting event. I’d go a long way for Casu Marzu on a cracker.

Casu Marzu on a cracker? I’m pretty much sure the maggots would have eaten the cracker before it reached your mouth???

Godfrey Twatsloch

Makes a welcome change from the FC Gulags and Dinamo Politruks we normally face early in this second tier competition.

MumbaiGooner

This is nice and everything, but this must be competition Arsenal should look to win over any other. Possibly even the FA Cup if the fixtures are too close. This is Arsenal’s most realistic ticket into the UCL.

And I realise that I am probably preaching to people who mostly agree

Eduardo Stark

The problem is, we had three chances before. And we blew it all. Hoping for fourth time lucky.

Teryima Adi

Those are exotic names(teams) from the ends of the earth.

Santori

Time was when lots of people complained about being in CL to make up numbers…

be careful for what you wish for as I said.

And here we are.

@geoghegan11

It’s an incredible draw really. I’m a season ticket holder with Dundalk, and Arsenal.

It was always a dream that they would draw each other in a competitive fixture. FIFA levels! It’s just a pity Covid will probably ruin plans of getting to any of the games – but here we are. All the Dundalk & Irish Gooners will enjoy it regardless ??⚫️⚪️?⚪️

UpNorth

Molde is a decent team,small stadium , artificial pitch and the surroundings ( if good weather) is absolutely beautiful.
Nobody in Norway outside Molde like them, they’re backed by our local Ambramovitsj and most Norwegians would not get upset if Molde being thrashed well and good by Arsenal. If away fans are allowed at that time I would recommend a visit and extend it a couple of days if you are into mointaineering.