Arsenal best and worst Europa League group draw scenarios as seedings confirmed

Last season, the Gunners finished in the top five of the Premier League, which gave them a spot in the group stage of the Europa League this season. They are excited about the draw.

Arsenal will find out who they will play in the Europa League group stage in 2022/23 on Friday. The draw will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

On Thursday night, the last Europa League qualifiers were played. Qarabag, Bodo/Glimt, Red Star Belgrade, Trabzonspor, Dynamo Kyiv, and PSV Eindhoven all moved down from the Champions League to play in the Europa League.

Last season, the Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League. They are back in European play this season after not making it last year. They will be in Pot 1 for Friday’s draw, keeping them away from teams like AS Roma, Lazio, Braga, and Red Star Belgrade from Serie A.

Also, because of UEFA rules, Arsenal can’t be paired with Manchester United, the other English team in the competition. However, the Red Devils are also in Pot 1, and the group stage will start on September 8 and end in eight weeks instead of the usual 12.

The confirmed Pots for the Europa League draw are listed below.

Pot 1: AS Roma, Manchester United, Arsenal, Lazio, Braga, Red Star Belgrade, Dynamo Kyiv, and Olympiacos

Pot 2: Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, Rennes, Monaco, Real Sociedad, Qarabag, Malmo, Ludogorets

Pot 3: Sheriff, Real Betis, Midtjylland, Bodo/Glimt, Ferencvaros, Union Berlin, Freiburg, Fenerbahce

Pot 4: Nantes, HJK, Sturm Graz, AEK Larnaca, Omonia, Zurich, Union Saint-Gilloise, and Trabzonspor

Now that that’s out of the way let’s look at the best and worst possible outcomes for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta after the draw.

Best case
Pot 2 has some strong teams, like Real Sociedad and AS Monaco, who moved over from the Champions League after losing their qualifier. Real Sociedad might be the best of these teams. Even though Aurelien Tchouameni is no longer with the Ligue 1 team, Arsenal still has terrible memories of their last match against them in the 2014-2015 season.

Two of the best teams in Pot 2 are Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven. Malmo, a Swedish team, would be good for the Gunners to play. A trip to the Netherlands to play Ajax would be great for the Gunners because fans would love to give former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy a warm welcome at the Emirates Stadium.

From Pot 3, Arsenal would play Danish team Midtjylland and two games against Union Saint-Gillloise, who are new to the Europa League. This would be a dream draw for Arsenal in terms of travel, and the quality of opponents Arteta’s team would be expected to beat.

Best case: Arsenal, Malmo, Midtjylland,Union Saint-Gillloise

Worst case scenario
The first name from Pot 2 that Arsenal will want to stay away from is Qarabag, and that’s only because of the travel. The Gunners made a 5,000-mile round trip to Azerbaijan twice during the 2018-2019 season. The second trip was a disaster, so it’s best not to talk about it, and it wouldn’t be ideal to make such a long trip during a hectic start to the season.

Real Betis is the current Copa del Rey champion and would be a formidable opponent for Arsenal, especially at the Benito Villamarin Stadium. They are in Pot 3, which is the group to avoid. A trip to Cyprus to take on Omonia Nicosia could be challenging.

In the worst case, arsenal, Qarabag, Real Betis, and Omonia.

Last season, the Gunners finished in the top five of the Premier League, which gave them a spot in the group stage of the Europa League this season
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