Following the news that Arsenal have drawn Bate Borisov, Koln, and Crvena zvezda in the Europa League, we look at everything you need to know about the competition since this is new territory for Gooners.
Arsenal have been drawn against Bate Borisov, Koln, and Crvena zvezda in Group H.
After finishing fifth in the league last season, one point behind Liverpool, this is the first time Arsenal have been in the Europa League since 1999/2000.
If the Gunners win the tournament, they’ll automatically be entered into the Champions League next term. However, Arsene Wenger insists he’s going to be fully focusing on the Premiership this season.
There are 48 teams across 12 groups, 16 of which have been automatically entered. 22 progressed through the play-off rounds, which have already been held, and 10 are Champions League drop-outs.
Here are how the pots were seeded ahead of the draw. Although it’s important to note that Everton could never have drawn Arsenal since despite being in different pots as, just like in the Champions League, teams from the same league can’t be drawn against each other at this stage.
Zenit St Petersburg
Red Star Belgrade (aka Crvena zvezda)
- Matchday one: Thursday, September 14
- Matchday two: Thursday, September 28
- Matchday three: Thursday, October 19
- Matchday four: Thursday, November 2
- Matchday five: Thursday, November 23
- Matchday six: Thursday, December 7
Home matches should kick off around 8:05pm and 6pm away. However these are obviously subject to change.
If Arsenal finish in the top two of their group, they’ll be entered into the final round of 32 along with eight third-placed teams.
This draw will take place on 11 December in Nice at 12pm UK time.
Arsenal have reduced their ticket prices to £15.50 for adults and £4.25 for Junior Gunners for Europa League matches at the Emirates.