London's Arsenal to play with Azerbaijani "Karabakh" in UEFA Champions League

London's Arsenal to play with Azerbaijani

London's Arsenal to play with Azerbaijani "Karabakh" in UEFA Champions League

Dmitri Sysuev netted the Russian consolation as Gerrard's Gers won through to the European group stage games for the first time in eight seasons, a ideal platform for Sunday's Old Firm meeting with Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers' Celtic have been drawn alongside RB Leipzig and Salzburg - two clubs owned by energy drink firm Red Bull.

PAOK finished as runner-ups to AEK Athens in Greece last season, but they fell into the Europa League after losing a Champions League play-off to Benfica.

The Gunners, last season's semi-finalists, were drawn in Group E alongside the Portuguese club, Azerbaijan champions Qarabag and Ukrainian outfit Vorskla.

Arsenal football club could miss the services of their Armenian global midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan when they face Qarabag in the group stages of this season's UEFA Europa League in Azerbaijan and if the North London club reaches the final of the competition which is to be played in Baku, Azebaijan.

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Here, Press Association Sport looks at the clubs Arsenal will have to negotiate in the group stage.

As well as the draw, Friday's ceremony will also see the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award being announced - Atletico pair Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin and Marseille's Dimitri Payet are on the shortlist.

Unai Emery - a three-time victor of the Europa League with Sevilla - will hope to lead the Gunners to May's final in Baku.

Five years after it last played in the Champions League, Milan can aim to return to the elite competition with the automatic group-stage place given to Europa League winners.

The German and Austrian clubs are both allowed to play in European competition after the UEFA Club Financial Control Body ruled last summer that they did not break rules on the integrity of UEFA competitions.

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