Celtic And Arsenal Discover Europa League First Knockout Round Opponents

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 04: Brendan Rodgers, coach of Celtic looks on during a Celtic press conference on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Anderlecht at Lennoxtown Training Ground on December 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The for the first knockout round of this season’s Europa League took place in Nyon on Monday afternoon, with Celtic and Arsenal awaiting the results.

Arsene Wenger’s side had little trouble progressing from a group containing FC Koln, BATE Borisov and Red Star Belgrade, while Brendan Rodgers will consider it a success that his side are even still in Europe at all having lost five of their six Champions League group clashes.

With the former seeded and latter unseeded, the difference in quality of potential opponents was almost  certainly going to be pronounced, and with Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow,Sporting CP and RB Leipzig all dropping down, the standard of competition rose significantly.

Of the two British sides, Celtic were drawn out first – and Rodgers’men face a trip to Russia to take on Zenit. Arsenal, meanwhile, were one of the last teams drawn out and they will face Swedish side Ostersunds, managed by Englishman Graham Potter.

Europa League First Knockout Draw in Full:

Borussia Dortmund v Atalanta

Nice v Lokomotiv Moscow

FC Copenhagen v Atletico Madrid

Spartak Moscow v Athletic Club

AEK Athens v Dynamo Kiev

Celtic v Zenit

Napoli v RB Leipzig

Red Star Belgrade v CSKA Moscow

Lyon v Villarreal

Real Sociedad v FC Salzburg

Partizan Belgrade v Viktoria Plzen

Steaua Bucharest v Lazio

Ludogorets v AC Milan

Astana v Sporting CP

Ostersunds v Arsenal

Marseille v Braga

The first legs of the above ties will take place on Thursday the 15th of February, with the return leg occurring the following Thursday (the 22nd).

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