The Gunners got into the Europa League because they came in fifth place in the Premier League.
This week, Arsenal will find out who they will play in the Europa League group stage. The road to Budapest will start in earnest, with a spot in the Champions League and European glory on the line.
Last season, Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt beat Rangers in the final on penalties to earn a spot in Europe’s top competition this season.
Last season, Mikel Arteta’s team finished fifth in the Premier League. Since they didn’t play in any European competitions, they will be eager to win in May.
Here’s what you need to know about the Europa League group stage draw.
When does it happen?
The draw for the group stage of the Europa League 2022/23 will happen on Friday, August 26, 2022. It happens in Istanbul, Turkey, starting at noon BST.
UEFA’s website will offer a free live stream, and BT Sport will also show coverage.
How will the draw for the group stage work?
A total of 32 clubs are split into four groups of eight based on the club coefficient rankings set at the start of the season and the rules set by the Club Competitions Committee.
Twelve of the teams in the group stage got there automatically. The other teams are the playoffs winners for the Europa League, the UEFA Champions League, and the third qualifying round of the League path.
Before the draw, the final order of the clubs will be decided, and the complete list of teams that will be there will be known by August 25.
Are there specific rules?
No club can ever pick a player from their association. Arsenal and Manchester United, for example, could not be put in the same group.
Who might Arsenal have to play?
The Gunners could be put in a group with most of the teams in the competition, but not Man United, as was already said.
Which teams are in the group stage of the Europa League?
Manchester United, another English team, is also there. Roma, Lazio, PSV Eindhoven, Rennes, Braga, Real Betis, Monaco, Olympiacos, Feyenoord, Real Sociedad, Red Star Belgrade, Dynamo Kyiv, Malmo, Ludogorets, Sheriff, Midtjylland, FK Bodo/Glimt, Union Berlin, Freiburg, Fenerbahce, Nantes, HJK, Sturm Graz, AEK Larnaca, Om
Which dates are essential?
Stage of groups:
First game: September 8, 2022
Match 2 will be on September 15, 2022.
Match 3 will be on October 6, 2022.
Match 4 will be on October 13, 2022.
Match 5 will be on October 27, 2022.
Match 6 will be on November 3, 2022.
The knockout round:
The playoffs for the next round are on February 16 and 23.
Round of 16: March 9 and 16, 2023
The quarterfinals are on April 13 and 20, 2023.
The semifinals are on May 11 and 18, 2023.
Final: May 31, 2023
Playoffs for the knockout round: November 7
February 24: Round of 16
March 17: Quarterfinals and semifinals
Where is the final for 2023?
The final of the 2022/23 Europa League will be on May 31, 2023, at the Puskás Aréna Park in Budapest.