Europa League draw: Arsenal to play PSV as Manchester United face tough Spanish test in group stage

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Europa League draw: Arsenal to play PSV as Manchester United face tough Spanish test in group stage

Arsenal will face PSV Eindhoven, Bodo/Glimt and Zurich in the Europa League group stage.

Mikel Arteta’s side return to European competition after a year away and will be targeting a deep run, but they face a couple of tricky tests in Group A.

The Gunners will be expected to come through the group with minimal fuss, though PSV will also fancy their chances and Bodo/Glimt beat Roma 6-1 in the Europa Conference League on home soil last season to show the threat they possess.

Arsenal have reached the semi-finals of the Europa League three times in the past five seasons, including when they lost to Chelsea in the 2019 final in Baku.

Manchester United also have some tough assignments, against Real Sociedad and FC Sheriff, with Omonoia also in Group E.

Spanish teams have an excellent record in the competition, though United proved far too good Real Sociedad two seasons ago when the sides met in the Europa League round of 32.

Sheriff will provide an interesting test - they beat Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Bernabeu last season.

Jose Mourinho’s Roma side are in Group C, after winning the inaugural Europa Conference League. They face Ludogorets, Real Betis and HJK.

After reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, West Ham now find themselves in the Europa Conference League and have avoided long-distance trips in the group stage.

David Moyes’ side are in Group B alongside FSCB of Romania, Belgium’s Anderlecht and Danish side Silkeborg.

The action in both competitions gets underway in less than two weeks’ time, on September 8. The group-stage will be played in three back-to-back chunks, with the final match on November 3 ahead of a break in club football for the World Cup.