Tottenham have been drawn alongside Bulgarian champions Ludogorets, LASK and Royal Antwerp in Group J, while Leicester City will face Braga, AEK Athens and Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk in Group G.
Scottish champions Celtic face a tough task in Group H as they take on AC Milan, Lille and Sparta Prague and Rangers are in Group D alongside Benfica, Standard Liege and Lech Poznan.
The first three group matches will take place on successive Thursdays from 22 October.
Meanwhile, Brentford’s reward for beating Fulham is a home tie against Newcastle United in the club’s first ever League Cup quarter-final.
All quarter-final ties are to be played the week commencing 21 December 2020.Arsenal progressed in a penalty shootout against Liverpool following a goalless draw in the final tie of the fourth round on Thursday.
Mikel Arteta’s side will also have their eyes set on December 5 and March 13, the two dates for the North London derby against Tottenham; with the latter being held at the Emirates.
Arsenal also have been set up with a blockbuster Boxing Day clash against London rivals Chelsea. They open their season against newly-promoted Fulham on September 12.
Since Liverpool became champions for the first time in 30 years, Jurgen Klopp has been keen to stress that the best way to defend their crown is to attack the next one.
After opening up their quest for title No.20 in the 4-3 thriller against newly-promoted Leeds, these words rang very true. It wasn’t at all what Klopp was alluding to when looking at the bigger picture of the new season, but the performance perhaps threw the spotlight on an area of the team that few have seriously questioned in recent times.
Arsenal got off to a flying start in the Premier League with a classy performance and three points at Craven Cottage on Saturday
Alex Lacazette, debutant Gabriel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were on target while the outstanding Willian claimed two assists on his first appearance for the Gunners.
Afterwards Mikel Arteta had this to say about this team’s performance.
on Gabriel and Willian…
Yeah, they were both really good. Obviously for Willian it’s a little bit different because he knows the league, the country and he’s very settled here, so I knew his performances would happen straight away. With Gabriel it was a big challenge for him to come in today having not played any football for the last six months and he had a terrific performance.
While transfer deadline day passed without anymore signings for Chelsea, it was overall a good transfer window for Frank Lampard’s side.
The Blues spent more money than anyone in Europe this summer and they got most of their business done early.
Having saved up funds after two transfer windows of no new players and sales of nearly £200m, Chelsea were in a relatively advantageous financial position in the market compared to basically every other team, all of whom were hit to some extent by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Gunners claimed victory over the Reds at Wembley on Saturday, winning a penalty shootout 5-4 after the two sides couldn’t be separated during the 90 minutes.
It means Liverpool are the first side ever to lose the Community Shield on penalties in back-to-back years – but Jurgen Klopp played down the significance of the defeat.
Klopp said: “We were here to win the game, I hope that much was obvious. We didn’t lose the game but we lost the competition. If we scored earlier that would’ve helped but there wasn’t enough time.
Aubameyang fired the Gunners to their second Wembley triumph of the month as Arteta’s side overcame the Premier League champions in the traditional season curtain-raiser.
Doubts remain over the striker’s future with the 31-year-old’s current contract set to expire in less than 12 months but talks are ongoing and Arteta feels that his talisman will be staying in North London.
We knew things were bad at the Camp Nou between the Barcelona players and the board. We knew that Lionel Messi was upset but still we were shocked when the news came out that Messi had activated a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer.
Although his contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season, Messi and his legal team believe the clause will allow him to terminate his deal unilaterally.