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Europa League: Mixed Draw For Arsenal And Chelsea

Arsenal were handed two mammoth trips across the continent in Friday’s group stage draw while will be confident of progressing with ease.

Unai Emery, a three-time Europa League champion with , will lead the Gunners on an 8,000 mile round-trip to Azerbaijan and Ukraine for games against Qarabag and Vorskla Poltava. Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon completed Group E.

Maurizio Sarri’s first European campaign with Chelsea will see them play in Group L alongside Greek side PAOK, BATE Borisov of Belarus and Vidi in Hungary.

The Gunners crashed out in the semi-finals of last season’s competition to eventual champions but face a tough task early on this time round.

Qarabag were in the last season and claimed memorable draws against Atletico that sent them crashing out of the competition.

Portuguese club Sporting are also a danger and have started their domestic campaign unbeaten, despite a troublesome summer that saw seven players cancel their contracts following an attack by fans at the training ground last season.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers were handed the most difficult task of the British teams. They were drawn to play against Spanish side , Russians Spartak Moscow and Austria’s Rapid Wien in Group G.

Celtic, meanwhile, were handed a difficult trip to last season’s semi-finalists Red Bull Salzburg and their parent club RB Leipzig in Group B. Brendan Rodgers will also see his team take on Norwegian side Rosenborg.

Europa League Groups
Group A

  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Ludogorets
  • FC Zurich
  • Larnaca

Group B

  • FC Salzburg
  • Celtic
  • RB Leipzig
  • Rosenborg

Group C

  • Zenit St Petersburg
  • FC Copenhagen
  • Bordeaux
  • Slavia Prague

Group D

  • Anderlecht
  • Fenerbahce
  • Dinamo Zagreb
  • Spartak Trnava

Group E

  • Arsenal
  • Sporting Lisbon
  • Qarabag
  • FC Vorskla

Group F

  • Olympiacos
  • AC Milan
  • Real Betis
  • Dudelange

Group G

  • Villarreal
  • Rapid Vienna
  • Spartak Moscow
  • Rangers

Group H

  • Lazio
  • Marseille
  • Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Limassol FC

Group I

  • Besiktas
  • Genk
  • Malmo
  • Sarpsborg

Group J

  • Sevilla
  • Krasnodar
  • Standard Liege
  • Akhisarspor

Group K

  • Dynamo Kiev
  • Astana
  • Rennes
  • Jablonec

Group L

  • Chelsea
  • PAOK
  • BATE Borisov
  • MOL Vidi