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