At 12.00 today UEFA makes the draw for this seasons Europa League and Arsenal are the second highest-rated club in pot 1 behind Unai Emery’s previous club Sevilla.
Normally one would hope for an easy draw but to be honest, that really only applies to the Champions League, I mean, there are not exactly any elite teams in pot’s 2,3 and 4.
I actually think the harder the draw the better, for starters it means that Emery would have to take the competition seriously very early on and for me, that is a good thing.
Arsenal have players coming back from injuries and new signings still bedding in and competitive European football would be a good outing for those sort of players.
It also keeps the players on their toes, keeps them eager, keeps them hungry and again, that is also a good thing.
Emery has to put the Premier League first of course, that goes without saying but we cannot dismiss the Europa League out of hand, we really do have a great chance to win the competition.
You can watch the draw live on UEFA.com and BT Sport 2.
These are the four pots
Pot 1 (Uefa coefficient, team, nation)
104.000 Sevilla (ESP)
101.000 Arsenal (ENG)
93.000 Porto (POR)
81.000 Roma (ITA)
78.000 Manchester United (ENG)
65.000 Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
62.000 Beşiktaş (TUR)
54.500 Basel (SUI)
50.000 Sporting CP (POR)
48.000 CSKA Moskva (RUS)
40.000 Wolfsburg (GER)
37.000 Lazio (ITA)
37.000 PSV Eindhoven (NED)
34.500 Krasnodar (RUS)
31.000 Celtic (SCO)
31.000 København (DEN)
31.000 Braga (POR)
29.500 Gent (BEL)
29.000 Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER)
27.500 Young Boys (SUI)
27.500 Astana (KAZ)
27.000 Ludogorets (BUL)
25.500 APOEL (CYP)
24.000 Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
23.000 St-Étienne (FRA)
22.000 Qarabağ (AZE)
22.000 Feyenoord (NED)
20.713 Getafe (ESP)
20.713 Espanyol (ESP)
20.000 Malmö (SWE)
18.000 Partizan (SRB)
17.500 Standard Liège (BEL)
17.092 Wolves (ENG)
11.699 Rennes (FRA)
11.500 Rosenborg (NOR)
10.500 İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR)
10.500 AZ Alkmaar (NED)
9.646 Vitória SC (POR)
8.000 Trabzonspor (TUR)
7.780 Olexandriya (UKR)
6.250 Dudelange (LUX)
6.250 LASK (AUT)
6.250 Wolfsberg (AUT)
6.000 Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
6.000 Lugano (SUI)
5.250 Rangers (SCO)
3.500 CFR Cluj (ROU)
3.500 Ferencváros (HUN)
We should be good enough to beat any team in the other 3 pots
But we can NOT take any team for granted.
Can’t believe we are in this sickening competition for the 3rd year running. I wish we finished 8th so that we missed out on this Mickey Mouse tournament altogether.
Europa League is not a mickey mouse competition
It’s a ticket to CL, unlike the League Cup and the FA Cup
Thats a poor attitude
And very elitist and obnoxious attitude
It’s a very prestigious trophy and I hope we win it
Also it’s an potential insurance policy for Cl if we don’t finish top 4
Chelsea, United, Mourinho, Ibrahimovic were overjoyed when they won.
If it’s a Mickey Mouse trophy, then why haven’t we won it.
We aren’t good enough for CL
It is a Mickey Mouse cup and it’s embarrassing to be in it ,can’t see how any fan would find this competition interesting ,it’s money maker for the powers that be ,pretty much a competition most clubs don’t want to be ,as proved by the teams that are sent out week after week .im with QD the quicker we get out the better and focus on the league .
we don’t have a good enough European trophy cabinet to be brushing off this competition. Also, as Innit said, if it’s a Mickey Mouse trophy, why havent we won it? And Dan, I dont believe you want to be knocked out for a second. If Emery loses any of these games you’ll be calling for his head.
I will only follow it up if we make it to the quarters it’s a sickening competition
I can’t believe am beginning to like the Europa league much more than before..jeez arsenal!! look what you’ve done to me
Celtic, Malmö and lugano would be perfect
We should focus on the league and play our second team in this crap competition , we can be top 4 this year but putting our eggs in the europa basket is risky and i hope emery doesn’t make the same mistake he did last year.
A crap competition that could have taken us to the champions league last season.
Chelsea got top 4 and won this competition. Unless you think Chelsea are a superior club to us, you should raise your standards.
A European trophy is a European trophy my friend. Also, we’re more likely to win the Europa than we are to finish 2nd in the league
Elneny’s loan move is done
Monreal will go after Sunday provided there are no issues regarding Tierney’s comeback
Mustafi might be going on loan
How ’bout Ozil kev
Gotanidea ,what is with you and Ozil ,every opportunity to talk bollocks about him ,Kev said elneny was done and you ask a story you’d question about Ozil ,do t you think we would all know if Ozil was leaving .
Maybe we could resign Iwobi in January to take his place
What? The player you had in your starting 11 before the season started? That Ozil?
Who I would like.
Gent.. short distance
Malmö short distance
Rangers even shorter distance.
I would not like to draw
Pot 2. PSV (tough) Frankfurt/Gladbach decent Bundesliga sides.
Pot 3.Feyenoord (Tough) RVP 🙂 Wolves(ENG)# Rennes top in lge 1.
Pot 4 Olexandriya (UKR) too far
# Not sure if we can draw Wolves (Eng)
And stead rennes
Any of those can be a banana skin
Frankfurt I did not want but we need a little competition
Standard Liege a Belgian team I wanted for short travel.
Vitoria -Portugal nice trip
So we and Frankfurt qualify.
Easy peasy for our young players
2019/20 europa league squad
Arsenal to play standard liege
Arsenal face Frankfurt and standard liege