Arsenal is waiting to find out who will be in their UEFA Europa League group for 2022/23. The draw will happen tomorrow at lunchtime (Friday).
Last season, the Gunners came in fifth place in the Premier League. Another English team, Manchester United, will also be there.
Eintracht Frankfurt won the championship last year after a strong season. In the final, they beat Rangers in a penalty shootout.
Rangers got into the UEFA Champions League by beating PSV Eindhoven yesterday evening. Hearts of Scotland and Shamrock Rovers of Ireland are trying to make up for their deficits to get into the Europa League group stages.
Arsenal and Manchester United are both in the group stages of the competition because they were fifth and sixth in the table last year.
Both Real Betis and Real Sociedad automatically moved on to the group stages because they are from Spain. In the past, Spanish teams have done well in this competition.
Union Berlin and Freiburg, who both had strong seasons, will bring up the Bundesliga’s representatives. Freiburg will be at this stage for the first time since the 2013/14 season.
Lazio and Roma, both from Italy, have made it to the group stages from Serie A. Roma, which is coached by Jose Mourinho, won the UEFA Europa League last year, which gave them automatic qualification.
The French will be sent by Rennes and Nantes. Rennes finished in a very good 5th place, and Nantes got in because they won the Coupe de France last year. Monaco will also take part, even though they didn’t make it to the UEFA Champions League because they lost to PSV.
Braga is the only Portuguese team that has already qualified for the next round. Carlos Carvahal was the manager of Sheffield Wednesday when they finished fourth in the league. He left this summer for a new job.
There are also:
Feyenoord will try to get back at the team that beat them in the UEFA Conference League finals last year by having another strong season. They will join Sturm Graz, Union Saint-Gilloise, and Midtjylland as the last four teams that are sure to make it to the group stages.
Qarabag, Red Star Belgrade, and Dynamo Kyiv have also joined the competition after being eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers earlier this week.
Yet to qualify:
Ten more sides are still yet to qualify and all second legs take place tonight ahead of the draw tomorrow. The fixtures are…
AEK vs SC Dnipro-1
Zalgiris Vilnius vs Ludogorets Razgrad
Silkeborg vs HJK Helsinki
FC Sheriff vs Pyunik
Fenerbache vs Austria Wien
Omonia Nicosia vs Gent
Sivasspor vs Malmo FF
Hearts vs FC Zuerich
Olmpiacos vs Apollon Limassol
Shamrock Rovers vs Ferencvaros
Here is the full list of teams qualified so far: