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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 A Group B Group C Group D
Bayer Leverkusen Red Bull Salzburg Zenit Anderlecht
Ludogorets Celtic FC Copenhagen Fenerbahce
FC Zurich RB Leipzig Bordeaux Dinamo Zagreb
AEK Larnaca Rosenborg Slavia Prague Spartak Trnava
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Arsenal Olympiakos Villarreal Lazio
Sporting AC Milan Rapid Vienna Marseille
Qarabag Real Betis Spartak Moscow Eintracht Frankfurt
Vorksla Dudelange Rangers Apollon
Group I Group J Group K Group L
Besiktas Sevilla Dynamo Kiev Chelsea
Genk Krasnodar Astana PAOK
Malmo Standard Liege Rennes BATE
Sarpsborg Akhisar Jablonec Vidi