Arsenal have been drawn against Sporting CP in the last 16 of the Europa League.

(Front row from L) Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Marquinhos, Arsenal's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney, Arsenal's English striker Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal's Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira (Back row from L) Arsenal's Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, Arsenal's US goalkeeper Matt Turner, Arsenal's English defender Rob Holding, Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Arsenal's Brazilian defender Gabriel, Arsenal's Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu and Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka pose prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Arsenal and Bodoe/Glimt at The Arsenal Stadium in London, on October 6, 2022. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

After the Europa League play-offs concluded on Thursday night, Arsenal have finally learned their opponents for the last 16.

They will face Sporting CP, with the first leg to take place away from home on 9th March.

The second leg will take place at the Emirates on 16th March.

Arsenal face Bournemouth at home on the Saturday before the first leg, Fulham away on the Sunday between the two legs, and Crystal Palace at home after the second leg.

With all three league games (and one of the Europa League legs) in London, that’s certainly not as bad as it could have been.

In 2018-19 UEFA Europa League Sporting CP and Arsenal were drawn into the same group in the UEFA Europa League.

In the first match, played at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal won 1-0 with a goal from Danny Welbeck.

In the second match, played at the Estádio José Alvalade, the teams played out a 0-0 draw.

Arsenal will, of course, be delighted to face Hector Bellerin who moved to Sporting in the January transfer window.

Europa League draw in full

  • Union Berlin vs Union Saint-Gilloise
  • Sevilla vs Fenerbahce
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs Ferencvarosi
  • Sporting CP vs Arsenal
  • Man United vs Real Betis
  • Roma vs Real Sociedad
  • Shakhtar vs Feyenoord