All Arsenal fans could only expect an easy Europa Group fixture list with the possible teams we could have been paired with, and Sporting Club de Portugal was probably one of the most difficult.
But the remaining two could hardly have been any easier with Qarabag from Azerbaijan and Vorskla from the Ukraine, although the travelling may be a bit harder than expected. I am guessing that Emery will play our reserves in the away games and depending on results, maybe put in a few wild cards at home or against Sporting Club..
But to be honest, with this schedule I cannot see us risking many big players, can you?
20th Septemeber – Arsenal v Vorskla
4th October – Qarabag v Arsenal
25th October – Sporting CP v Arsenal
8th November – Arsenal v Sporting CP
29th November – Vorskla v Arsenal
13th December – Arsenal v Qarabag
Can we safely assume our reserves will carry us through to the knockout stages?