Europa League Draw: Arsenal,Chelsea Get 'Easy' Foes
Top English sides Arsenal and Chelsea have been handed a fair draw as the pairings for the Europa League Round of 32 was revealed on Monday.
According to the draws held at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Monday, the Gunners will take on Belarusian Premier League champions
BATE Borisov in the round of 32.
The tie pitches former Arsenal playmaker Alexander Hleb against his old club – the two sides met in last season’s groups stages, with the Gunners putting 10 goals past the Belarusian side over two games.
Elsewhere, 2013 winners Chelsea have been drawn against Malmo, managed by former Manchester City forward Uwe Rosler, while Celtic have been handed a tie against Valencia, who dropped down from the Champions League but sit just five points off the relegation zone in Liga.
In the tie of the round, five-time winners Sevilla take on Lazio while Eintracht Frankfurt, who won Lazio’s Group H with six wins from six, face Shakhtar Donetsk.
Napoli, who were squeezed out of the Champions League by Liverpool on matchday six, begin their quest for Europa League glory with a tie against FC Zurich.
The first legs will be played on February 14 with the return ties set for February 21.
DRAW IN FULL
Viktoria Plzen v Dinamo Zagreb
Club Brugge v FC Salzburg
Rapid Wien v Inter Milan
Slavia Prague v Genk
Krasnodar v Leverkusen
FC Zurich v Napoli
Malmo v Chelsea FC
Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht Frankfurt
Celtic FC v Valencia
Stade Rennes v Real Betis
Olympiacos v Dynamo Kyiv
Lazio v Sevilla
Fenerbahce v Zenit
Sporting v Villarreal
BATE v Arsenal
Galatasaray v Benfica
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