Europa League last-32 draw: What time is it and who can Arsenal get?

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Arsenal cruised through their qualifying group to be part of the last 32 teams in the Europa League. The are the only English team in the draw – the less said about Everton’s campaign, the better.

Eight teams have joined the competition from the Champions League, having finished third in their group: Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow, RB Leipzig, Celtic, Spartak Moscow, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Sporting. 

When is the draw?

The draw will take place on Monday 11 December at around 11.30am GMT, immediately after the Champions League last-16 draw, at Uefa‘s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. 

The rules

The four best Champions League teams are seeded and join the 12 group winners from the previous Europa League stage in pot one. The rest fall into the unseeded pot two – as group winners, Arsenal will be seeded. 

Teams cannot play clubs from their own domestic league (not a problem for Arsenal) until the last 16, and likewise they cannot play a team that they met in the group stage, so Arsenal will not be drawn against Crvena.

Who is in the hat?

Seeded: AC Milan (ITA), Arsenal (ENG), Atalanta (ITA), Athletic Club (ESP), Atletico Madrid* (ESP), Braga (POR), CSKA Moscow* (RUS), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Lazio (ITA), RB Leipzig* (GER), Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS), Plzen (CZE), Salzburg (AUT), Sporting CP* (POR), Villarreal (ESP), Zenit (RUS)

Unseeded: AEK Athens (GRE), Astana (KAZ), Celtic* (SCO), Crvena zvezda (SRB), Dortmund* (GER), FCSB (ROU), København (DEN), Ludogorets (BUL), Lyon (FRA), Marseille (FRA), Napoli* (ITA), Nice (FRA), Östersund (SWE), Partizan (SRB), Real Sociedad (ESP), Spartak Moscow* (RUS)

*Eliminated from the Champions League

When will the ties be played?

Games will be played in principle on Thursdays 15 and 22 February at 6pm GMT and 8.05pm GMT, with the exact schedule released after the draw. The seeded teams will be at home in the second leg.




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