Europa League draw: Arsenal face Sporting, Chelsea get PAOK

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Arsenal will face Sporting CP in Group E of the Europa League, while Chelsea take on PAOK and BATE and AC Milan meet Real Betis.
Arsenal will face Sporting CP in Group E of the Europa League, while Chelsea take on PAOK and BATE and AC Milan meet Real Betis.

Arsenal will face unsettled Sporting CP in Group E of this season's Europa League.

The Gunners were pitted against the Portuguese giants, who lost several first-team stars this month after they terminated their contracts following an attack at their training ground.

Qarabag of Azerbaijan and Vorskla of Ukraine also make up a relatively favourable group for Unai Emery's side.

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Chelsea will expect to progress to the knockout phase after being drawn against PAOK, BATE and Videoton in Group L.

AC Milan, though, face a more difficult campaign against Olympiacos, Real Betis and Dudelange in Group F.

Celtic are in something of a tough Group B, alongside Rosenborg, Salzburg and RB Leipzig. The latter two teams are both owned by drinks giants Red Bull.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers are also facing a difficult group stage, having been pitted against Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow in Group G.

Last season's semi-finalists Marseille will meet Lazio, Eintracht Frankfurt and Apollon in a competitive Group H.

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