Europa League draw: Arsenal draw FK Ostersunds, Celtic face Zenit St Petersburg


Europa League draw: Arsenal draw FK Ostersunds, Celtic face Zenit St Petersburg.

Celtic have been drawn against Zenit St Petersburg in the last 32 of the Europa League while Arsenal will face Swedish club FK Ostersunds.

Celtic, who finished third in their Champions League group, will host the Russian club in the first leg on 15 February.

Arsenal, who won their Europa League group and were one of the seeded teams, will travel to Sweden first.

The second legs will be played on 22 February.

Zenit, who beat Rangers in the 2008 final when the tournament was known as the Uefa Cup, are managed by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

Following a third-place finish last season, they are currently fourth in Russia’s Premier League.

FK Ostersunds are managed by an Englishman, former Southampton defender Graham Potter. Under his guidance they have risen from the fourth division to the top flight in six years.

The club was only formed in October 1996, the same month Arsene Wenger became Arsenal manager.

The Gunners have never lost a European match against Swedish opposition, winning three and drawing one.

Meanwhile, 2010 winners Atletico Madrid will play FC Copenhagen, Napoli face RB Leipzig and German club Borussia Dortmund play Italian side Atalanta, who defeated Everton twice in the group stage.

The final will take place at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on 16 May.

Europa League draw- last 32 draw

Borussia Dortmund v Atalanta

Nice v Lokomotiv Moscow

FC Copenhagen v Atletico Madrid

Spartak Moscow v Athletic Bilbao

AEK Athens v Dynamo Kiev

Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg

Napoli v RB Leipzig

Red Star Belgrade v CSKA Moscow

Lyon v Villarreal

Real Sociedad v Red Bull Salzburg

Partizan Belgrade v Viktoria Plzen

Steaua Bucharest v Lazio

Ludogorets v AC Milan

Astana v Sporting Lisbon

FK Ostersunds v Arsenal

Marseille v Braga

Wenger reacts to Ostersunds Europa League draw

Arsene Wenger has praised the English manager of Arsenal next Europa League opponents.

Graham Potter, a former Football League defender best known for his time with York City, has guided Ostersunds into the last 32 of the competition on the back of a meteoric rise that saw the Swedish club climb from the fourth tier to the Allsvenskan in four seasons.

Ostersunds are Sweden’s sole representatives in the Europa League and Wenger – who has been Arsenal manager longer than Ostersunds have been in existence – will do his homework.

“They have done very well, the Swedish team,” said Wenger. “I think they finished fifth in their championship and are now on a break.

“Looking at their results in Europe, they have done well so we have to prepare properly. At the moment I cannot tell you much more about them because I don’t know them very well. The games are on the 15th and 22nd of February, so we have some time to study them much better.

“They have an English manager who has done extremely well,” added the boss. “[English managers] can come back after they go abroad. It gives them an opportunity in Europe to show their quality, then to come back to show that quality in England.

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