• Arsenal are set to find out their opponent s for the last 32 of the Europa League.
  • Arsene Wenger's men comfortably topped their group despite fielding a mixture of fringe players and youngsters.
  • Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Celtic also in the draw after coming third in their respective Champions League groups.
  • The draw is due to commence at midday in Nyon, Switzerland.
Europa League

So, Arsenal will no doubt fancy themselves against Ostersunds, while Atletico Madrid have also been handed a favourable tie against Copenhagen as they bid to win their third Europa League trophy.

Borussia Dortmund will certainly not have it all their own way against Atalanta, while Napoli vs RB Leipzig promises to be the tie of the round as Sarri and Hassenhuttl go head-to-head.

Celtic are in for a tough time against free-scoring Zenit, while Gennaro Gattuso's AC Milan are primed for a long trip to Ludogorets, along with Sporting, who will meet Astana.

That's all from us today. Have a good afternoon.


A warning for Celtic, who shipped a few goals in the Champions League:

Zenit St Petersburg scored 17 goals in the Europa League group stages, more than any other side.


Potter, who will no doubt be linked with a managerial job on British shores in the coming months, is already enjoying esteemed company.


Many will fancy Borussia Dortmund, who sacked Peter Bosz on the weekend, to secure victory over Atalanta, but BVB will certainly have their work cut out as they strive to reach the last 16.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side are no pushovers and boast a number of talented including Cristante and Gomez, who helped La Dea run riot over Everton in the group stage.


Plenty of intriguing clashes await. Borussia Dortmund vs Atalanta, Napoli vs RB Leipzig and Lyon vs Villarreal immediately stand out.

Which tie are you looking forward to the most?


Here is a snippet of what the Gunners will come up against in February and March:


So Arsenal avoided the Napoli and Borussia Dortmund to land themselves a tie against minnows Ostersunds, who have certainly been punching above their weight so far.

Graham Potter's men knocked out Galatasary in the qualifying rounds of the competition and managed to get the better of Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin to qualify for the last 32, but they certainly haven't had to face a team with the quality of Arsenal, who may see fit to field some of their more senior stars after giving the youngsters and fringe players some game-time during the group stages.


How about this for a tit-bit; Ostersunds were formed on October 31st 1996, just over a month after Arsene Wenger took charge of Arsenal in September of that year.


Key dates:

The first legs of these round of 16 matches will be played on 15 February, while the return legs will take place on 22 February.


That's your lot. All 32 teams have been summoned. Below is the draw in full:

Borussia Dortmund v Atalanta
Nice v Lokomotov Moscow
Copenhagen v Atlético Madrid
Spartak Moscow v Athletic Bilbao
AEK Athens v Dynamo Kyiv
Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg
Napoli v RB Leipzig
Crvena Zvezda v CSKA Moscow

Lyon v Villarreal
Real Sociedad v Salzburg
Partizan Belgrade v Viktoria Plzen
Steaua Bucharest v Lazio
Ludogorets v Milan
Astana v Sporting
Ostersund v Arsenal
Marseille v Braga


Wenger's men would have taken that prior to the draw.


Marseille vs Braga


Östersunds v Arsenal

The best case scenario for the Gunners? Graham Potter's men are capable of surprises...


Astana vs Sporting

Sporting, who were perhaps unlucky to miss out on the last 16 of the Champions League, face a tough trip to Azerbaijan.


Ludogorets vs Milan

How will Gattuso's boys fair in Bulgaria?


Steaua Bucharest vs Lazio

Serie A title contenders face a tough trip to Romania.


Real Sociedad vs FC Salzburg

The much-improved Sociedad will fancy their chances.


Lyon vs Villarreal

Another corker! Not quite Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid, but their compatriots will serve up a good show.


Red Star Belgrade vs CSKA Moscow


Napoli v RB Leipzig

That promises to be some tie. Sarri's Napoli up against one of the best Germany has to offer.


Celtic vs Zenit St Petersburg

Hope Celtic are well. A tough trip and opponent, but far from impossible.


AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kiev

Cool, nice one lads.


Spartak Moscow vs Athletic Club

An intriguing match-up between the Champions League drop-outs and Athletic, who have endured a poor start to the season.


FC Copenhagen vs Atletico Madrid

A favourable tie for Diego Simeone's men, though the Danes will be cursing their luck, no doubt.