Arsenal’s potential Europa League last 16 opponents

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Arsenal are into the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League after a 3-2 aggregate win over Ostersund.

The Gunners lost the second leg 2-1 but go through 4-2 on aggregate, our second favourite kind of gate.

The draw takes place at noon tomorrow, when we’ll be treated to an hour of interminable bollocks before some ex player draws the balls.

The list of potential opponents is as follows:

AC Milan
Dynamo Kyiv
Athletic Bilbao
Atletico Madrid
CSKA Moscow
RB Salzburg
Zenit Saint Petersburg
Borussia Dortmund
Lazio
Sporting Lisbon
Lyon
Marseille
Viktoria Plzen
RB Leipzig
Lokomotiv Moscow

We’ll have the result of the draw here on Arseblog News tomorrow, along with an Arsecast Extra so look out for that too.

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GYWE
GYWE

After dispatching Östersunds I say bring any of ’em on

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

Careful… we’ll draw Bayern

GoonBallz
GoonBallz

The only team I have reservations against is Atleti. However, if we play with today’s lineup again I’d be nervous to play Plzen.

Tony Valhalla
Tony Valhalla

Czech here. Confirm nervosity level with Pilsner. They are back in the same form they were four years ago when they knock out Neapol with 5:0 score in aggregate.

arsepedant
arsepedant

Even Plzen will be licking their chops and hoping they draw Arsenal in the next round.

gunnerdaremkd
gunnerdaremkd

I have a question, if miraculously go to the final of EL and play Atletico Madrid, and we lose as we know Atletico will finish second and will be qualified for the CL, does that mean as runners up we will get a place in CL i thought last year that I heard something like that if the team that plays in final of El is already qualified for CL the place goes to the other finalist.

Dave M
Dave M

no

Stuck on repeat...
Stuck on repeat...

Believe that if Athletico win it, & finish 2nd in their domestic league, then the spare place for the CL goes to the next team down in their domestic league…

We need to win it & to stop fannying around in the process. Only then will we be wotthy of being in the CL, as currently we are not either based on our domsetic performance or anywhere else for that matter..

gooner
gooner

No it doesn’t go down their league nor the runners up.

They’d still bring four from Spain and do that thing of champions from federation “X” enter the group phase directly and champions of federation”Y” are promoted from the third round of qualifiers to replace X in the knockout round.

A country can only have more than 4 representatives (5) only if the Europa league winners didn’t make the top 4.

However for a country like France which has 3 slots, the slot goes down their league to make it 4.

As for us, we look so terrible all those potential opponents are all of a sudden starting to look scary.

But if we get knocked out I believe someone at the club will tell us how qualifying for the Europa again gives us another opportunity to qualify for the CL in 2019. No worries then.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

It will be like a breath of fresh air to be knocked out of a European R16 by a team other than Bayern Munich.

GoonBallz
GoonBallz

Or Barca ?

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Given our CL history of always facing either Barcelona or Bayern in the Round of 16, I’m gonna go ahead and assume we will draw with either Dortmund or Athletico Madrid

(#Monaco, uff that one was a tough one to swallow)

Tommy
Tommy

Hope we get Salzburg

Goontang
Goontang

All very decent teams. Such a shame about the cup tied rule with Auba. Let’s hope lacazette is back from injury quickly. Welbeck unfortunately doesn’t look upto it upfront at the moment until he regains some confidence. think he would be much better out wide due to his immense work rate.

Gate the fuck out of here
Gate the fuck out of here

Is your first favourite gate lasagnagate?

I\'m 14 again
I\'m 14 again

Pizzagate perhaps

Crimguy

Gimme Locomotiv Moscow. Awesome name, I want a shirt.

Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope
Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope

Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Monaco are sooo yesterday.
We seek exciting new adventures in Siberia, Vladivostok and Khazakstan
Up The Arsenal!

D.C. Gooner
D.C. Gooner

It’s the second-tier competition, but these are some first-tier clubs. When the best case scenario is a trip halfway across the continent, it’s going to be a challenge.

Wilshere\'s Left Fibula
Wilshere\'s Left Fibula

Based on what we have shown this season we really don’t deserve a spot in the CL. I say let the boys earn it by beating the following teams in order until lifting the trophy: Athletic Bilbao, Milan, Dortmund and Madrid in the final. Tired of this mediocrity.

Okenla
Okenla

Me too. Tire tire tire tire……tired tiredddd

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

if I was asked by a panel of experts to give my opinion on it…
“If the players that played today get another run in the next round, Arsenal would be seeded 16th in that list of teams”
Time to ensure we take this seriously and field our best 11 for each game.

EZD
EZD

My money is on Arsene fielding a similar line up for the next round (except maybe if we draw Atletico / Dortmund).

Okenla
Okenla

?

kaz
kaz

more chance of winning this and qualifying for CL than through the premier league at this point. expect wenger to screw it up.

Arshavin
Arshavin

Viktoria Plzen

We will win 3-0 at their ground and lost 2-3 at Emirates

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

In no way am I tempting the gods of fate by saying we will definitely get Atletico Madrid.

Martin S
Martin S

If we can avoid ATM and Marseille then we’re through to the next stage.

Stuck on repeat...
Stuck on repeat...

Martin S – We can’t take anything for granted or for certain with this seasons circus.

GoonBallz
GoonBallz

If we play today’s team then anyone can beat us. If we play our best 11… anyone can still beat us with our season. Sigh. How did we get to this point ? I remember like yesterday playing Barca in the final in Paris and only losing cuz Lehman fucked us. Now were crossing our fingers we don’t draw ATM ? Really ? They’re good and all but we need to get back to being worthy of playing with the elite and this is our best chance in doing so so I hope the players and Wenger start realizing and acting like it. It’s R16 now and there are decent teams across the board and will be until the final so I’m not hoping we get one and avoid another cuz were gonna face the best at some point. I hope we have it in us to remember what badge we wear and play like it. Oh and F city bring on Sunday. COYG

Leftie

Oh gosh. It might be Dynamo…the excitement of seeing Arsenal in Kyiv vs. the horror of choosing between two clubs i support the most.

jon

The Spanish, German, French and Russian teams are all very strong. Plzen, Kyiv and Salzburg are first price here. Sporting and Lazio handlable..

EZD
EZD

Shame Dortmund didn’t go out, they very nearly did

Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope
Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope

The whole season I’ve been reading comments on these blogs along the lines of “…when we win the Europa League..” or “We could/must win the EL to get into Champions League…” and even here today, we have punters speculating about who we will be facing in the final.
Where did we get these delusions?
Our biggest worry now is; will be be able to qualify for the Europa League next season. 4th place trophy is well beyond us now
Bring on Athletico Madrid
Up The Arsenal!

Merlin\'s Panini
Merlin\'s Panini

Well I wonder what message last night sent out?
I bet those teams are quaking in their boots…

We were found out and I’m fast losing any belief we might win this competition.

UpNorth
UpNorth

If we were old Arsenal I’d say Milan and Atletico might be troublesome, the rest a walk in the park.
Now, with this team pretending to be Arsenal , all opponents seem lethal.
But of course , the Arsenal of Henry, Pires and Viera would never be in EL anyhow…

Okenla
Okenla

its better we face the best opposition now than later. Whats the point of wishing for lesser opposition. The team should stop playing with our emotions.? if we are going out lets go out if not…..good riddance to bad rubbish. Worst arsenal team in years!?

Aminu
Aminu

I don’t know if am the only one seeing it that Arsenal will definitely screw things up and not qualify for Champions league not through winning the Europa league. We lack the mentality to do so. please lets start preparing for next season.