The best and worst case scenario for Arsenal in Friday’s Europe League draw

Arsenal will learn their Europa League group stage opponents tomorrow as the draw for the first round of the competition is made.

Mikel Arteta’s side will have their sites set on Europa League glory this term after only making the round of 32 at their last attempt.

But is there a chance the Gunners could find themselves in a group of death this season?

Arsenal will be in pot one for the draw, thanks to their fine UEFA co-efficiency rating that has been boosted by their rich Champions League history under Arsene Wenger.

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That means they cannot be drawn against Tottenham, Roma, Napoli, Benfica, Bayer Leverkusen, Basel, Villarreal, Sporting Lisbon, CSKA Moscow, Copenhagen or Braga.

So with that in mind, here is the best and worst case scenario for Arsenal in tomorrow’s Europa League draw…

Worst case scenario


Nobody wants to travel away to face Galatasaray, especially not now that the Turkish giants are armed with Radamel Falcao in attack.

The former Atletico Madrid striker was linked with a move to the Emirates for transfer window after transfer window before he completed his moves to Manchester United and Chelsea.

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And he has scored a stunning 13 goals in 18 appearances since moving to Istanbul – and you just know he would score against the Gunners.

Gala are also armed with Sofiane Feghouli and Mbaye Diagne.

AC Milan

Somehow, AC Milan will be in pot three for Friday’s Europa League draw, meaning they could well end up with the least favourable draw of the lot.

But they will be confident that they can progress with a squad brimmed with top-tier talent.

UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 17/9/2020 Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

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