Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

The lowdown on Arsenal's Europa League group rivals

The lowdown on Arsenal's Europa League group rivals

Chelsea have been drawn in Group L alongside Greek side PAOK Salonika, Belarusian team BATE Borisov and Vidi of Hungary.

Back in 2015 when Mkhitaryan was with Borussia Dortmund, he had to again stay back in Germany for a Europa League tie against Gabala, another Azerbaijan side, because of security concerns.

The Premier League isn't the only British league representing, however, this season, as Scotland have two participants in Celtic and Rangers.

Arsenal's other opponents in Group E are Sporting Lisbon and Ukraine's Vorskla Poltava.

As well as the draw, Friday's ceremony will also see the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award being announced - Atletico pair Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin and Marseille's Dimitri Payet are on the shortlist.

Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan's availability for Arsenal's Europa League group stage clash against Azerbaijan's FK Qarabag, as well as Europa League final is in doubt, due to tensions between his homeland of Armenia and Azerbaijan. "We will be looking into this situation, talk to the player and make a decision after that". They'll face tought opposition in Austrian champions RB Salzburg, and German club RB Leipzig.

Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow await in Group G as the Scottish side return to a European group stage for the first time since the 2010-11 Champions League.

But the Bluebirds have gathered points from goalless draws in their last two games, and Warnock insists the onus is on him rather than his players to find a way to goal.

It has been a long journey over the summer, as Rangers have seen off Macedonia's FK Shkupi, Osijek of Croatia, Slovenia's Maribor and then Ufa of Russian Federation in a surprise run under Gerrard.

Unai Emery manager of Sevilla celebrates the Europa League champions after the award ceremoy of the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland.

The first set of group fixtures take place on September 20.

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