Arsenal Drawn With Sporting Lisbon In Europa League (Full Draw)

Arsenal Drawn With Sporting Lisbon In Europa League (Full Draw)
Former Argentinian footballer Hernan Crespo holds the slip of Arsenal during the draw for UEFA Europa League football tournament at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on August 31, 2018. Valery HACHE / AFP

 

The complete draw for the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage, made in Monaco on Friday:

Group A: Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Ludogorets (BUL), FC Zurich (SUI), Larnaca (CYP)

Group B: Red Bull Salzburg (AUT), Celtic (SCO), RB Leipzig (GER), Rosenborg (NOR)

Group C: Zenit St Petersburg (RUS), FC Copenhagen (DEN), Bordeaux (FRA), Slavia Prague (CZE)

Group D: Anderlecht (BEL), Fenerbahce (TUR), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), Spartak Trnava (SVK)

Group E: Arsenal (ENG), Sporting Lisbon (POR), Qarabag (AZE), Vorskla Poltava (UKR)

Group F: Olympiakos (GRE), AC Milan (ITA), Real Betis (ESP), Dudelange (LUX)

Group G: Villarreal (ESP), Rapid Wien (AUT), Spartak Moscow (RUS), Rangers (SCO)

Group H: Lazio (ITA), Marseille (FRA), Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Apollon (CYP)

Group I: Besiktas(TUR), Genk (BEL), Malmo (SWE), Sarpsborg (NOR)

Group J: Sevilla (ESP), Krasnodar (RUS), Standard Liege (BEL), Akhisar Belediyespor (TUR)

Group K: Dynamo Kiev (UKR), Astana (KAZ), Rennes (FRA), Jablonec (CZE)

Group L: Chelsea (ENG), PAOK Salonika (GRE), BATE Borisov (BLR) and Vidi (HUN)

First round of matches on September 20.

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Cech Says Arsenal Can Still Win Premier League

arsenalArsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech believes the gunners still have the chance to win the Premier League if they keep working.

Cech spoke to the media after Arsenal were beaten 3-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

On the disappointment of losing the match, he said, “Man United away is a big game. They fight to have a chance to enter the top four, so we knew it was going to be a difficult game. In a game like this, you can make mistakes and we were punished for them.

“Every time we made a mistake at the back, they (profited). The third goal was a lucky bounce for them and I thought it was decisive, because if we could have come back to 2-2 in the second half, we would have had a chance to win the game. At 3-1 down, you try to get one back as soon as possible, which we managed to do. But we didn’t create enough to score in the last 10 minutes.

“We still have a chance, so we will go for it until the last minute. This was a big disappointment for us and is a step back after last week, where we managed to overcome a deficit against Leicester at home. This is a step back but we need to keep working.

Cech also gave some credit to Manchester United’s young squad.

“I think it was a perfect game for them. They had nothing to lose and had a very good win in midweek, so everyone was ready for the game. We knew it was going to be difficult but, as I said, no matter what opposition you play against, if you make mistakes, you’re going to be punished.”

He admitted that the loss was a step back but they can still make up for this. “We have two important games coming up this week and if we manage to win both, the table might look better again,” he said.

Premier League: Manchester United Beat Arsenal 3-2

United -LeagueManchester United teenager, Marcus Rashford, on Sunday scored a brace, as the Red Devils beat Arsenal in the English Premier League title challenge.

Rashford, who scored twice on his debut in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, steered in a loose ball for the opener then headed in three minutes later. His goals were enough to earn him the man of the match.

Ex-united striker, Danny Welbeck nodded Arsenal back into the game, but Ander Herrera curled in Rashford’s lay-off.

Mesut Ozil’s volley gave third-placed Arsenal hope, but United held on.

Also, Tottenham moved back to within two points of League leaders, Leicester City, after battling back from behind to beat Swansea City.

Fernando Torres Tops UEFA’s Best January Signings Poll

Fernando TorresAtletico Madrid striker, Fernando Torres has been considered by fans as the best January transfer signing by clubs in a poll conducted by Europe’s football governing body UEFA on their website.

UEFA.com finished transfer deadline day by asking more than 50 million social media followers to name who they thought had been the best signings of the winter window.

Fans of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League on Facebook, as well as followers of @ChampionsLeague and @EuropaLeague, were invited to make their suggestions using #WinterTransferTop5.

UEFA said that 50 million fans voted before the results were released on Wednesday.

The former Chelsea target-man beat close competitions from Ivorian strikers Wilfried Bony and Seydou Doumbia, who placed 2nd and 3rd. They both joined Manchester City and AS Roma.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland and Germany’s André Schurrle, made the last two of January’s top five signings according to the fans. They joined Inter Milan and VfL Wolfsburg respectively.

Torres, 30, left the boyhood club Atletico for English club Liverpool seven and a half years earlier and later joined Chelsea.

Torres has thus far scored three goals for Atletico since his return with two against cross-city rivals, Real Madrid and one against FC Barcelona.