Premier League title contenders Arsenal are the bookies’ favorites to win the 2022/23 UEFA Europa League after an impressive start to the competition in which the Gunners have won five of their first six matches
Defeat to early Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven was the only problem as Mikel Arteta’s side did the double against Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt and Swiss side FC Zurich, as well as beating their Dutch rivals at the Emirates.
All of which means the two-time finalists will return to the Europa League with confidence when it resumes in early 2023.
Who will be next for Arsenal and when will they play? sports news has the details.
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When is the next round of the Europa League?
The next round of the Europa League will be the knockout round play-offs – an eight-legged double-header between the runners-up in each group which will take place on February 16-23.
There are some tantalizing ties, including a repeat of a match that has twice made the Champions League final when Manchester United play Barcelona.
Unlike PSV, who drew against Sevilla after finishing second in Group A, Arsenal are not in the round because they topped the table.
When is the Europa League round of 16 draw?
The draw will take place the day after the end of the knockout round play-offs, on February 24.
The winning teams from this round will be placed in a draw with the group stage leaders, which will take place at 13:00 CET.
When will Arsenal play in the Europa League?
After finding out their next opponents in this round of 16 draw, Arsenal are set to return to action on 9 March at the Emirates Stadium, with the second leg of the last 16 on 16 March.
Which teams are in the round of 16 of the Europa League?
The following teams have already secured a place in the round of 16 and will be seeded, guaranteeing them a home game in the first leg to reach the quarter-finals.
- arsenal (England)
- betis (Spain)
- Fenerbahçe (Turkey)
- Ferencvaros (Hungary)
- Feyenoord (Netherlands)
- Freiburg (Germany)
- Royal Society (Spain)
- Union Saint-Gilloise (Belgium).
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Who could Arsenal play next in the Europa League?
In addition to the teams above already in the draw, Arsenal could be drawn against one of the winners of the qualifiers.
- Barcelona (Spain) vs Manchester United (England)
- Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) vs Rennes (France)
- Ajax (Netherlands) vs Union Berlin (Germany)
- Salzburg (Austria) vs Rome (Italy)
- Juventus (Italy) vs Nantes (France)
- sports CP (Portugal) vs Central Jutland (Denmark)
- Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) vs Monaco (France)
- Seville (Spain) vs PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Arsenal cannot draw against Premier League rivals Man United because the two clubs are from the same national federation.
On the date of the knockout round draw, Barcelona were the team with the highest UEFA coefficient ranking (7) potentially in line to face 23rd-placed Arsenal.
French relegation strugglers Nantes were Arsenal’s lowest potential opponents, ranked 118th.