Gunners Land Less-Than-Glamorous Tie

Gunners Land Less-Than-Glamorous Tie

Gunners have been handed a less-than-glamorous Europa League tie against BATE Borisov in the round of 32. Unai Emery’s side face a long journey to Belarus to face the country’s champions – who finished second in Chelsea’s group.

The Gunners met BATE in the group stages last year, winning 6-0 at the Emirates and 2-4 away from home.

Arsenal could also face 37-year-old Aleksandr Hleb, who made 89 appearances over three years at the Emirates, for one last time before he retires.

 

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Meanwehile, Chelsea will fancy their chances of progressing in the Europa League after being drawn to face Swedish side Malmo in the round of 32. It looks like a tougher test for Celtic, who have been handed a two-legged encounter with La Liga side Valencia – who dropped into the competition having finished behind Juventus and Manchester United in the Champions League.

The first legs will take place on February 12 and 14, with the return legs on either February 20 and 21.

 

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