Arsenal face a difficult confrontation with PSV Eindhoven in the first group of the European League, where Arsenal drew with Mikel Arteta’s team with Bodo / Glimt and FC Zurich.

Arsenal had a tough encounter with PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League group stage as the team prepares to return to European competition.

Arsenal, who were the first team to be drawn, were placed in Group A alongside the Dutch side, Norway’s Bodo/Glimt and Swiss club FC Zurich.

Arsenal will face the three in the group stage of the Europa League

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Arsenal will face the three in the group stage of the Europa League
Arteta reached the Europa League semi-finals with Arsenal in 2020

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Arteta reached the Europa League semi-finals with Arsenal in 2020credit: Getty

Because of the World Cup in November, the six matches were crammed into three blocks of consecutive matches.

These games will take place on September 8, September 15, October 6, October 13, October 27 and November 3.

The final will take place on Wednesday 31 May next year at Puskas Arena in Budapest.

PSV Eindhoven are relegated to the Europa League after losing to Rangers in the Champions League qualifiers earlier this week.

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Bodo Glimt is playing in the Europa League for the first time after competing in the Europa League last season, after defeating Jose Mourinho’s Roma on home and away.

The fourth team in the group, FC Zurich, is the Swiss champion.

Elsewhere in the draw, the draw was between Manchester United and Real Sociedad, Sheriff and Omonoya.

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Spurs reached the Champions League spots again in May, having lost two of their last three matches.

Prior to the 2021/22 campaign, Arsenal spent four consecutive Europa League campaigns.

They reached the semi-finals on two occasions – in 2018 and 2021 – losing to Atletico Madrid and Villarreal.

But the closest they got was in 2019 when they reached the final, before beating Chelsea 4-1.

They also lost in the UEFA Cup Final in 2000 when Galatasaray beat them on penalties after 120 minutes without goals.

Arsenal have made a great start to their Premier League season, winning all three of their matches so far against Crystal Palace, Leicester and Bournemouth.

Mikel Arteta significantly boosted his squad in the summer transfer window, signing five new players.

They are Gabriel Jesus, Alexander Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos.

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Arsenal also welcomed defender William Saliba after a long loan spell.

He hit the ground running with a clean sheet and a stunning goal against Bournemouth last weekend.

Arsenal hope to achieve European glory at the end of the season

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Arsenal hope to achieve European glory at the end of the seasoncredit: Getty



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