Europa League draw: Arsenal faces Sporting, Chelsea gets PAOK

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

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Arsenal will face unsettled Sporting CP in Group E of this season's Europa League. The Gunners was pitted against the Portuguese giant, which lost several first-team stars this month after it terminated their contracts following an attack at its training ground.

Qarabag of Azerbaijan and Vorskla of Ukraine also make up a, relatively, favourable group for Unai Emery's side. Chelsea will expect to progress to the knockout phase after being drawn against PAOK, BATE and Videoton in Group L.

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AC Milan, though, faces a more difficult campaign against Olympiacos, Real Betis and Dudelange in Group F. Celtic is in something of a tough Group B, alongside Rosenborg, Salzburg and RB Leipzig. The latter two teams are both owned by drinks giant Red Bull.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers is also facing a difficult group stage, having been pitted against Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow in Group G. Last season's semifinalists Marseille will meet Lazio, Eintracht Frankfurt and Apollon in a competitive Group H.

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