Arsenal will take on Sevilla, PSV and Lens in the Champions League group stage following Thursday evening’s draw.
The Gunners are back in the competition for the first time since the 2016/17 campaign, with their most recent campaign ending in acrimonious fashion as they were brushed aside by Bayern Munich 10-2 on aggregate in the round of 16.
Mikel Arteta, however, has helped return Arsenal to the big time, with their second-place finish in the Premier League last season helping them back into UEFA’s premier club competition.
Arsenal to face Sevilla, PSV and Lens in Champions League group stage
Despite their recent absence, the Gunners were placed into Pot 2 for Thursday’s draw and were first pitted against Europa League champions Sevilla from Pot 1. While the premier pot certainly looked weaker than usual, the Gunners avoided the likes of Bayern, Barcelona, Napoli and PSG.
Familiar opposition arrived from Pot 3, with PSV joining Arsenal and Sevilla in Group B. The Gunners took on the Dutch side in the Europa League group stage last season; winning 1-0 at the Emirates before losing 2-0 in Eindhoven.
While Newcastle were pitted in the undisputed ‘Group of Death’ alongside PSG, Borussia Dortmund, and Milan, Arsenal’s rather tame group concluded with Ligue 1 outfit Lens, who are competing in the competition for the first time since 1997.
2023/24 Champions League confirmed groups
Here are all the confirmed groups:
- Bayern Munich
- Man Utd
- Real Madrid
- Union Berlin
- FC Salzburg
- Real Sociedad
- Atletico Madrid
- Borussia Dortmund
- Man City
- RB Leipzig
- Red Star Belgrade
- Young Boys
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- Royal Antwerp
When are Arsenal’s Champions League group-stage games?
- Matchday 1: 19/20 September 2023
- Matchday 2: 3/4 October 2023
- Matchday 3: 24/25 October 2023
- Matchday 4: 7/8 November 2023
- Matchday 5: 28/29 November 2023
- Matchday 6: 12/13 December 2023