Arsenal given tough opposition for Europa League knockout phase

The draws for the Champions League and Europa League have taken place this morning, with Arsenal set to take on Benfica for a place in the round of 16.

The Gunners are the only team to retain a 100% record in European competition at present, thanks to wins over Molde, Dundalk and Rapid Vienna in the group stages, and they will be eager to continue that form into the knockout rounds.

Arsenal were seeded for the draw thanks to winning their groups, which should have assured them of a advantage in the next round as they avoided the other EL group winners, and the four highest ranked sides to have dropped out of the Champions League.

That wasn’t the case however as they drew Benfica, which posed as one of the worst possible opponents for them.

Manchester United haven’t been given the nicest draw either, Coming up against current La Liga leaders Real Sociedad, while Spurs will be happy with Wolfsberger.

Full draw as follows:

Wolfsberger v Tottenham
Dynamo Kyiv v Club Brugge
Real Sociedad v Manchester United
Benfica v Arsenal
Red Star Belgrade v Milan
Royal Antwerp v Rangers
Slavia Prague v Leicester City
RB Salzburg v Villarreal
Braga v Roma
Krasnodar v Dinamo Zagreb
Young Boys v Bayer Leverkusen
Molde v Hoffenheim
Granada v Napoli
Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Shakhtar Donetsk
Lille v Ajax
Olympiacos v PSV

Luckily we have some time before the next round to get our form together after some tough months of late, although our team managed to keep on track in Europe regardless.

Patrick

Tags Benfica Europa League

12 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    David Silva back in Manchester!!
    Hopefully we’ll have a little confidence by then…

    1. Sue says:

      Vertonghen masterclass incoming!!

      1. Kev82 says:

        Rangers dealt with them very well Sue but you are probably right we will make them look like prime Barcelona lol

        1. Sue says:

          You never know, Kev, we may have scored a goal by then!!

          1. Kev82 says:

            Wishful thinking Sue haha. Let’s hope we have a new manager by then I’m hoping Arteta is sacked after we lose on Wednesday 🤞

          2. Sue says:

            Can’t see it, Kev. All thos talk about how they’re backing him. Edu even said Willian needs time!! Can you believe it?!!!

  2. Peter Benson says:

    Arsenal has this air of ill luck hovering around us currently.
    How could we of all easier fixtures there have drawn Benfica.

    Our problems are not being helped by forces unseen.

    I hope we make it through to the next round.

    1. EDU says:

      Benfica is not Barcelona.

  3. Hill says:

    hasn’t Arteta been sacked?

    1. Mubaraq_Maikano says:

      Exactly… I was hoping to wake up this morning to his “sack news”

  4. Mrcool says:

    This might be the end of the road. I hope things get better before we face benfica

  5. Kev82 says:

    I’m amazed Arteta is still in charge, what exactly is the club waiting for? We have Southampton, Everton and Chelsea next 3 games and the likelihood is we will lose all 3 games plus be out of the league cup! Any other club and Arteta would have been sacked but not at Arsenal, Stan Kroenke probably doesn’t even know we were playing yesterday!

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