ARSENAL fans are celebrating after learning their fate in the Champions League group – as Manchester United and Newcastle were held to dreadful draws.
And the Gunners won’t have to wait long to get their campaign started, with the first group game to be played in the week commencing September 18.
Bukayo Saka is set to make his Champions League debutCredit: Getty
It’s a favorable draw for Arsenal on their return after a six-year absence, while top seeds Sevilla only qualified for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.
PSV needed to beat Rangers in the play-offs to qualify and RC Lens, who make up the group, have not played in the Champions League since 2002-03.
Newcastle faced an even longer wait to return to Europe’s top competition, having spent 20 years away from the Champions League.
But they were held to a draw in Group F against Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Sandro Tonali’s former team AC Milan.
Manchester United also face a tough task as they face Copenhagen, Galatasaray and fellow tournament favorites Bayern Munich, meaning a quick return to England for Harry Kane.
They will be eager to avoid the disappointment of their 2020-21 Champions League group, when the Red Devils finished third.
Meanwhile, defending champions Manchester City have been drawn against RB Leipzig, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and Young Boys in what fans have called another easy group.
Newcastle have some glamorous connections to look forward to in their return to the Champions League, but fans aren’t loving their chances.
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One said: “Group F is the group of death in #UCLdraw Newcastle will do well to get out of it 😬😬”
Another added: “Group F is absurd. Please don’t put Newcastle off. The battle for third place in the Europa League will be crazy.”
While an Arsenal fan wrote: “Great draw couldn’t have asked for a better group. We should walk through this group. Longing for Champions League nights.”
Another commented: “Honestly, we have to be first in that group.”
City were also drawn in a relatively easy group, leading disgruntled fans to claim the draw was “rigged” in their favour.
Last year, Pep Guardiola’s side faced Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Copenhagen and went unbeaten, before later winning the tournament.
In the 2020-21 season. they won five out of six group games against Porto, Olympiacos and Marseille.