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Europa League group draw: Arsenal’s best and worst case scenarios for their group stage fate set to be revealed today

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Europa League group draw: Arsenal’s best and worst case scenarios for their group stage fate set to be revealed today

The 2022/23 Europa League group stage draw will take place on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey.

Following the completion of the final round of qualifiers on Thursday night, Arsenal now knows which three teams they could be paired with, as well as Qarabag, Bodo/Glimt, Red Star Belgrade, Trabzonspor, Dynamo Kyiv, and PSV Eindhoven transferring over from the Champions League.

The Gunners, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, have returned to European competition after missing out entirely the previous season. 

They will be in Pot 1 for Friday’s draw, avoiding Serie A clubs AS Roma and Lazio, as well as Braga and Red Star Belgrade.

Furthermore, Arsenal cannot currently be paired with the other English club in the competition, Manchester United, due to UEFA rules, but the Red Devils are also in Pot 1, with the group stage set to begin on September 8 and conclude in eight weeks rather than the usual 12.

The confirmed Pots for the Europa League draw are listed below.

ot 1: AS Roma, Manchester United, Arsenal, Lazio, Braga, Red Star Belgrade, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos

Pot 2: Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, Rennes, Monaco, Real Sociedad, Qarabag, Malmo, Ludogorets

Pot 3: Sheriff, Real Betis, Midtjylland, Bodo/Glimt, Ferencvaros, Union Berlin, Freiburg, Fenerbahce

Pot 4: Nantes, HJK, Sturm Graz, AEK Larnaca, Omonia, Zurich, Union Saint-Gilloise, Trabzonspor

With that out of the way, here is a look at what would be the best and worst-case scenarios for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta when the draw is all said and done.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the best and worst-case scenarios for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta after the draw.

Best case

In Pot 2, there are some strong teams, with Real Sociedad possibly the standout, as well as AS Monaco, who have transferred over from the Champions League after losing their qualifier.

Of course, Arsenal has bad memories of their last meeting with the Ligue 1 side in the 2014/15 season, but they are still a good team even after the loss of Aurelien Tchouameni.

PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord are two of the top-ranked teams in Pot 2.

While a trip to the Netherlands to face the latter would be ideal for the Gunners, with fans eager to give former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy a warm welcome at the Emirates Stadium, Malmo of Sweden would be a good team to be paired with.

From Pot 3, Arsenal would face Danish side Midtjylland and two games against Europa League debutants, while Union Saint-Gillloise from Pot 4 would be a dream outcome for Arsenal in terms of travel and the quality of opponents Arteta’s side would be expected to pick up maximum points against.

Best case: Arsenal, Malmo, Midtjylland,Union Saint-Gillloise

Worst case

Qarabag is the first name that comes to mind from Pot 2 that Arsenal will undoubtedly want to avoid due to travel.

The Gunners travelled 5,000 miles round trip to Azerbaijan twice during the 2018/2019 season – the less said about the second trip, the better – and such a long journey during a hectic start to the season would not be ideal.

Real Betis are the team to avoid from Pot 3 because they are the reigning Copa del Rey champions and would undoubtedly pose a threat to Arsenal, particularly at the Benito Villamarin Stadium. A trip to Cyprus to face Omonia Nicosia could be difficult.

Worst case: Arsenal, Qarabag, Real Betis, Omonia

Europa League group draw: Arsenal’s best and worst case scenarios for their group stage fate set to be revealed today



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