Arsenal find out their fate in the Europa League draw tomorrow afternoon, and will be pleased to be on the seeded side of the draw.
The Gunners topped their group with an unbeaten run of results, and will now be eagerly awaiting the draw for the knockout stages of the competition
The draw is scheduled to take place at 12PM (GMT), but these things rarely go ahead on time, and there will be plenty of talk in the build-up to the actual name-picking.
Arsenal join the likes of Atletico Madrid and many others in the seeded side of the draw, and the only team that they cannot be paired against from the unseeded sides is Red Star Belgrade.
The worst possible draw foreseeable has to be Napoli, although Borussia Dortmund and Lyon would no doubt pose a huge threat, with the German’s looking for an upturn in fortunes having replaced their Bosz….
Villareal, Dynamo Kiev, Braga, AC Milan, Atalanta, Lokomotiv Moscow, Viktoria Plzen, Arsenal, Red Bull Salzberg, Athletic Bilbao, Lazio, Zenit St Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Sporting Lisbon
Partizan, Ludogorets, Lyon, AEK Athens, Copenhagen, Steaua Bucharest, Red Star Belgrade, Marseille, Ostersund, Nice, Real Sociedad, Celtic, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Spartak Moscow
From the unseeded teams, there are a few who would pose a new challenge, with our team never having come up against Sweden’s Ostersund, while there are a number of familiar names also in the pot.
My personal pick from the draw would be Celtic, although they wouldn’t be the weakest side to pick from in all honesty. The Scottish Premiership is no longer the force that is once was, but the Green and White Army have dominated the division for some time, and are unbeaten domestically since Brendan Rodgers joined the club back in the summer of 2016. It would be a huge shock if we was to lose the encounter, but I would love the chance to rub some salt into the wounds of some of my Celtic buddies.
Who would be our best/worst case scenarios? Which stadium would you most like to visit?