Saturday, February 4

Breaking Down Arsenal’s Europa League opponents in Group A

Following a one-year absence, Arsenal has been paired with PSV Eindhoven, FK Bod/Glimt, and FC Zürich in the Europa League group stage.

The Gunners were the first team drawn in the showcase as teams learned who they would face on the way to the Budapest final.

Veteran players from PSV, now led by former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, joined Mikel Arteta’s team.

The winners of their respective divisions, Bod/Glimt and Zürich, completed the tightly knit group that will begin play on September 8th.

Arsenal enters the competition as the favourite, ahead Manchester United and José Mourinho’s Since Roma in the Premier League, as they are aware that winning the cup in May automatically qualifies them for the 2023–24 Champions League season.

Before then, the North Londoners must defeat three opponents who are all eager to make an impact and undermine Arsenal’s prospects of winning the European Cup. The breakdown on Group A is as follows:

PSV Eindhoven

Ruud van Nistelrooy, manager

Cody Gakpo is a key player.

Phillips Stadium has a capacity (36,500)

Approximately 291 miles

PSV Eindhoven

PSV, a squad that needs no introduction, enters the group as the second favourite following a run that took them all the way to the quarterfinals of the Europa Conference League, where they were defeated 2-1 over two legs by Leicester City.

The Boeren have welcomed Van Nistelrooy up from their junior system to head the new PSV era, which features intriguing names like Cody Gakpo, Noni Madueke, and Ibrahim Sangaré. Last season was led by German manager Roger Schmidt, who is currently in charge of Benfica.

PSV Phillip stadium

Although PSV had a strong start to the season, winning the Super Cup against Ajax, they were unable to extend their strong performance past Rangers in the Champions League play-off, sending them to the Europa League for a second straight year.

The Eredivisie team that eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League Round of 16 back in 2007 will recall favourably their previous encounter with each other.

However, with two victories and three draws from six matches, the Gunners, who are eager to exact revenge, have a better record than the Dutchmen.

FK Bodø/Glimt

FK Bodø/Glimt

Kjetil Knutsen is the manager.

Important Figure: Amahl Pellegrino

Aspmyra Stadion is a stadium (8,270)

1,178 miles away

Bod/Glimt will be eager to test themselves in the Europa League against teams like Arsenal and PSV after a remarkable Conference League run that included a 6-1 defeat of Roma and the shocking elimination of Celtic.

Since the Eliteserien winners are 19 games into their league season and should, in theory, be at the height of their physical prowess, they pose a challenge to the front-runners.

However, Bod/Glimt are struggling a bit more this year as they trail Molde, which is now in first place, by seven points as a result of the sales of Patrick Berg and Erik Botheim, who were seen as important players for the Norwegian team.

The outsiders will settle for a Europa League group stage matchup against Arsenal, which is as high as they’ve ever been in the European football hierarchy, after falling short against Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League qualifying.

FC Zürich

Supervisor: Franco Foda

Important Figure: Becir Omeragic

Stadion Letzigrund’s seating capacity (30,930)

Approximately 483 miles.

After being eliminated by Qaraba in the Champions League qualifying round in late July, Zürich, the second league champion in the group, advanced to the Europa League group stage draw by defeating Linfield and Hearts.

Zürich, who is attempting to replicate its round-of-16 performance from 1998, will be hoping to compete with Bod/Glimt as a shock performer in Group A.

The Swiss team’s prospects don’t seem very promising, though, following a poor start to the domestic campaign that has them sitting last in the Swiss Super League and winless after five games.

A summer transfer to the Premier League or Serie A for the up-and-coming Wilfried Gnonto, who contributed 15 goals last season, would be a devastating blow to Franco Foda’s underwhelming team.

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