Arsenal given favourable Europa League draw, Everton task trickier
Europa League group stage draw

Arsenal given favourable Europa League draw, Everton task trickier

Arsenal have been drawn alongside BATE Borisov, Cologne and Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League group stage.

Arsenal begin a European campaign outside of the Champions League for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

And Arsene Wenger's side will face Belarusian side BATE, Bundesliga outfit Cologne and Serbian club Red Star in Group H.

AC Milan, meanwhile, were pitted against Austria Vienna, Rijeka and AEK Athens in Group D.

The Serie A side are competing in their first European campaign since the 2013-14 season.

Elsewhere, Everton have been drawn in Group E along with Lyon, Atalanta and Apollon Limassol.

Ronald Koeman's side secured their qualification for the group stage with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Hajduk Split in the playoff round on Thursday.

Full details of the draw are below.

Group A: Villarreal, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Astana, Slavia Prague

Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys, Partizan Belgrade, Skenderbeu

Group C: Braga, Ludogorets Razgrad, Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir

Group D: AC Milan, Austria Vienna, NK Rijeka, AEK Athens

Group E: Lyon, Everton, Atalanta, Apollon Limassol

Group F: FC Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Sheriff, FC Zlin

Group G: Viktoria Plzen, FCSB, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, FC Lugano

Group H: Arsenal, BATE Borisov, Cologne, Red Star Belgrade

Group I: FC Salzburg, Marseille, Vitoria Guimaraes, Konyaspor

Group J: Athletic Bilbao, Hertha Berlin, Zorya Luhansk, Ostersunds

Group K: Lazio, Nice, Zulte Waregem, Vitesse Arnhem

Group L: Zenit St. Petersburg, Real Sociedad, Rosenborg, Vardar Skopje

The first group games will be played on Sept. 14.

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