Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea have been added easy opponents in the Round of 32 fixtures of the Europa Leagues. Arsenal play Bate Borisov o...
Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea have been added easy opponents in the Round of 32 fixtures of the Europa Leagues.
Arsenal play Bate Borisov of Belarus, while Chelsea – who won the competition in 2013 – take on Swedish side Malmo.
Most of the two-legged ties will be played on the 14 and 21 February 2019.
Arsenal’s home second leg will be on Wednesday, 20 February at 17:00 GMT.
The Gunners and Chelsea were both seeded for the draw, meaning they host their second legs and teams from the same city cannot play at home on the same night.
The timing of the fixture is to avoid a clash with the Champions League games taking place later on that Wednesday.
Arsenal and Chelsea both finished top of their respective groups, each winning five and drawing one of their six matches.
The Gunners are facing the same opponent they met in the group stage of last season’s competition, winning twice – 4-2 in Belarus and 6-0 in London.
Europa League last-32 draw in full
Viktoria Plzen v Dinamo Zagreb
Club Brugge v Red Bull Salzburg
Rapid Vienna v Inter Milan
Slavia Prague v Genk
Krasnodar v Bayer Leverkusen
FC Zurich v Napoli
Malmo v Chelsea
Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht Frankfurt
Celtic v Valencia
Rennes v Real Betis
Olympiakos v Dinamo Kiev
Lazio v Sevilla
Fenerbache v Zenit St Petersburg
Sporting Lisbon v Villarreal
Bate Borisov v Arsenal
Galatasaray v Benfica