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Who can Arsenal draw in Europa League knockout rounds?

by 07/12/2017 20:28:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Arsenal finished top of Europa League Group H with 13 points from six matches
  • Gunners could be drawn against any of the unseeded Champions League sides 
  • Arsenal beat BATE Borisov 6-0 on Thursday night in front of a half-filled Emirates
  • The Europa League round of 32 matches will take place on February 15 and 22 

By Robert Cottingham For Mailonline

Published: 17:05 EST, 7 December 2017 | Updated: 20:28 EST, 7 December 2017

Arsenal thrashed BATE Borisov 6-0 on Thursday night in their final Group H clash as they sailed into the Europa League round of 32 with a resounding victory.

Arsene Wenger's men had already guaranteed top spot in Group H before kick-off and will enter the Europa League knockout rounds as one of 16 seeded teams.  

But who could the Gunners face? Sportsmail has profiled the best and worst-case scenarios for Wenger's side as they prepare to learn their fate at Monday's Europa League draw in Switzerland.

Arsenal rounded off their Europa League group stage campaign with a 6-0 win on Thursday
Arsenal rounded off their Europa League group stage campaign with a 6-0 win on Thursday

Arsenal rounded off their Europa League group stage campaign with a 6-0 win on Thursday

POTENTIAL OPPONENTS:  Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Celtic, Spartak Moscow, Astana, Partizan Belgrade, Ludogorets, AEK Athens, Lyon, FC Copenhagen, Steaua Bucharest, Marseille, Ostersunds, Nice, Real Sociedad.

Arsenal are seeded after finishing top of Group H. No team can play a club from their own Europa League group meaning the Gunners can't face Red Star Belgrade. 

Teams from the same country are also kept apart though England's only other entrants Everton failed to make the knockout stages after a disastrous campaign.  

Subsequently Arsenal could face any of the Europa League group runners-up (except Red Star) and the four unseeded Champions League sides.

Arsene Wenger will discover Arsenal's fate at the round of 32 draw in Switzerland on Monday
Arsene Wenger will discover Arsenal's fate at the round of 32 draw in Switzerland on Monday

Arsene Wenger will discover Arsenal's fate at the round of 32 draw in Switzerland on Monday

HOW THE DRAW WORKS

There will be two pots of clubs for the round of 32 draw: the 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams in the Champions League group stage are seeded.

The top seeds will be drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed sides from the Champions League groups. 

Teams cannot face sides from their own Europa League group and teams from the same country will also be kept apart.  

A nightmare draw for Arsenal could see them face 2013 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund while Serie A title-chasers Napoli are another potential opponent.

An all-British clash featuring Celtic is on the cards while Russian giants Spartak Moscow round off the four Champions League sides Arsenal could face in the knockout stages.

Lyon are arguably the strongest side out of the Europa League group runners-up though Arsenal will be wary of Marseille, Real Sociedad and FC Copenhagen.

Swedish side Ostersunds, managed by Englishman Graham Potter, could also play Arsenal after a fairytale rise saw them secure a knockout spot as Group J runners-up.

Games will be played on February 15 and 22 with the full schedule set to be released following the draw in Nyon, Switzerland. 

Arsenal could face Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Borussia Dortmund in the knockout round
Arsenal could face Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Borussia Dortmund in the knockout round

Arsenal could face Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Borussia Dortmund in the knockout round

Free-scoring Napoli are another of Arsenal's potential opponents in the round of 32 stage
Free-scoring Napoli are another of Arsenal's potential opponents in the round of 32 stage

Free-scoring Napoli are another of Arsenal's potential opponents in the round of 32 stage

Dortmund finished third behind Tottenham and Real Madrid during a disappointing Champions League campaign for the 2013 finalists.  

Peter Bosz's side boast one of Europe's most lethal strikers on his day in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while Mario Goetze, Shinji Kagawa and Julian Weigl feature in midfield. Star winger Marco Reus is expected to be fit by February.

Maurizio Sarri's Napoli side missed out in a Champions League group featuring Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Feyenoord. 

Napoli's free-flowing football has devastated Serie A this season scoring at a rate of three goals per game thanks to their lethal front three of Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon. 

Lyon meanwhile thrashed Everton 3-0 in last month's Europa League clash against the Toffees and currently sit second in Ligue 1 behind Paris Saint-Germain. 

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