The final Europa League draw takes place this afternoon, but Arsenal are not involved.
With the group stage completed last week in record time ahead of the World Cup mid-season break, Europe’s second-tier club competition is already looking ahead to the first knockout round. Arsenal won five of six matches to top Group A ahead of PSV.
Given the number of teams involved in the Europa League, the first knockout round used to be called the round of 32, with eight group winners along with eight runners-up joining eight teams that finished third in their Champions League group to decide who . reached the round of 16 stage.
As of last season that changed. The last 32 stage was scrapped in favor of a play-off knockout round, in which the Europa League group runners-up take on the Champions League dropouts. The eight winners of those ties advance.
That means Europa League group winners Arsenal go through to the round of 16 stage, but Manchester United, who failed to top their group due to goal difference, must draw a further two-way tie. matches.