Europa League Group Stage Draw: Arsenal drawn with Koln; Milan face Austria Wien


The draw for the group phase of the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League has been made, and the biggest talking is Arsenal being drawn in Group H. The Gunners are pitted against German side Fc Koln, and with former Germany forward Lukas Podolski having played for both teams in the past, there’s previous between them. The group is completed by Belarusian side BATE Borisov, who have also housed a former Gunner in Aleksandr Hleb, and Serbs Red Star Belgrade, also known as Crvena Zvezda (we’re going with Red Star Belgrade).

If any group comes remotely close to being a group of death, then it’s Group E, where last season’s semi-finalists Lyon, spendthrift Premier League side Everton, Italians Atalanta, and Apollon Limassol from Cyprus.

AC Milan are pitted in Group D against Austria Wien, Croats Rijeka and Greek side AEK Athens; while Russians Zenit St. Petersbourg, Spanish representatives Real Sociedad, Norwegian club Rosenborg and FC Vardar from Macedonia make up Group L.

The group stage kicks off on September the 14th

Draw in Full

Group A: Villarreal; Maccabi Tel-Aviv; Astana

Group B: Dynamo Kiev; BSC Young Boys; FK Partizan; Skenderbeu

Group C: Braga; Ludogorets; Hoffenheim; Istanbul Basaksehir

Group D: AC Milan; Austria Wien; HNK Rijeka; AEK Athens

Group E: Lyon; Everton; Atalanta; Apollon Limassol

Group F: FC Kobenhavn; Lokomotiv Moscow; Sheriff Tiraspol; Zlin

Group G: Viktoria Plzen; Steaua Bucharest; Hapoel Be’er Sheva; Lugano

Group H: Arsenal; BATE Borisov; FC Koln; Red Star Belgrade

Group I: Red Bull Salzburg; Marseille; Victoria Setubal; Konyaspor

Group J: Athletic Bilbao; Hertha BSC; Zorya Luhansk; Ostersund

Group K: Lazio; Nice; Zulte Waregem; Vitesse

Group L: Zenit St. Petersbourg; Real Sociedad; Rosenborg; FC Vardar


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Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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