Europa League Group Stage Draw: Arsenal And Everton Get Tough, But Not Insurmountable Draws In Monaco…

Chris Wright

25th, August 2017

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Henrik Larsson and Eric Abidal have done UEFA’s bidding in Monaco and the draw for the 2017/18 Europa League group stage has been completed.

Fans of tired old smutty puns will no doubt by glad to learn that Arsenal will need to master BATE if they want to finish first in Group H, which also contains Cologne and Red Star Belgrade.

Elsewhere in the draw, Everton have been pooled in Group E with Lyon, Atalanta and Apollon Limassol, who are apparently a Cypriot football team and not something you take for hayfever…


The ceremony also saw Manchester United’s Paul Pogba voted as the Europa League 2016/17 Player of the Season by his fellow professionals, as well as a panel of 55 respected European football journalists.

A lot of big names mixed in amongst the detritus there, though Arsenal and AC Milan are the bookies’ favourites across the board.

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  1. Archer says:

    Man alive – talk about a second-rate cup competition.

    Like you say, a few decent names in there amongst mostly dross. Truth be told, the Champions League is starting to get a bit like that with some of the chod teams in there – it doesn’t really get interesting until after the group stages, once the wheat has been separated from the chaff.

    Maybe time to go back to the Champions only…?

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