Arsenal are in the hat for the Europa League round-of-32 after topping their group, so here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming draw.
The draw for the next stage of the Europa League will take place on Monday, 14th December at 12:00 GMT. It will be streamed on UEFA’s website, as well as on BT Sport in the UK.
As Arsenal finished top of the group, they’re in the list of ‘seeded teams’, who will all draw one of the unseeded teams. That’s the 12 group runner-ups and the four lower-ranked Champions League teams dropping down.
However, Arsenal can’t draw Molde, having already shared a group with them. They also can’t draw any English teams, but that’s not an issue, given Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Leicester City are all among the seeded teams anyway.
Here’s the remaining list of teams Arsenal could draw:
- Antwerp (BEL)
- Benfica (POR)
- Braga (POR)
- Crvena Zvezda (SRB)
- Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
- Granada (ESP)
- Krasnodar (RUS)
- LOSC Lille (FRA)
- Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
- Olympiacos (GRE)
- Real Sociedad (ESP)
- Salzburg (AUT)
- Slavia Praha (CZE)
- Wolfsberg (AUT)
- Young Boys (SUI)
There are certainly a few interesting draws in there. Lille would be one, reuniting Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes with their former club. Olympiacos bring the opportunity for revenge after last season.
There’s Nacho Monreal at Real Sociedad, a possible reunion with 2017 group stage opponents Crvena Zvezda, or perhaps just a completely new opponent – there are quite a few of those in there too.
Regardless of who they draw, Arsenal will play the first leg away and the second leg at home. This will probably cause problems with Arsenal and Spurs both playing at home on the same day, but perhaps one will move to Wednesday.