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Europa League: Arsenal drawn against Sporting while Chelsea meet PAOK


Arsenal will play Sporting Lisbon in the group stage of the Europa League.

Unai Emery’s side have been drawn in Group E of this season’s competition with the Portuguese club, Qarabag of Azerbaijan and Ukrainian side Vorskla.

Chelsea, who won the competition in 2012-13, are in Group L with Greek side PAOK Salonika, BATE Borisov of Belarus and Hungarian outfit Vidi.

Celtic meet Salzburg, RB Leipzig and Rosenborg while Rangers face Rapid Vienna, Villarreal and Spartak Moscow.

The final of this season’s Europa League takes place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on 29 May.

Spanish clubs have won the competition for five of the last seven seasons and Sevilla – who triumphed under Emery in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – have been drawn to face Russian side Krasnodar, Standard Liege of Belgium and Turkey’s Akhisar.

Europa League 2018-19 groups

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Bayer LeverkusenRed Bull SalzburgZenitAnderlecht
LudogoretsCelticFC CopenhagenFenerbahce
FC ZurichRB LeipzigBordeauxDinamo Zagreb
AEK LarnacaRosenborgSlavia PragueSpartak Trnava
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
SportingAC MilanRapid ViennaMarseille
QarabagReal BetisSpartak MoscowEintracht Frankfurt
Group IGroup JGroup KGroup L
BesiktasSevillaDynamo KievChelsea
MalmoStandard LiegeRennesBATE