Arsenal take on BATE Borisov and Chelsea face Malmo as Celtic are given tough draw against Valencia in last 32 of Europa League
- Chelsea were drawn against Swedish side Malmo in their last 32 fixture
- Celtic have difficult tie against Valencia in one of the best match-ups of the draw
- Arsenal will face BATE Borisov as Unai Emery bid to win fourth Europa crown
Arsenal will take on BATE Borisov and Chelsea play Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League last 32.
Celtic have one of the toughest draws of the first knockout stage against Valencia, who dropped down from the Champions League.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal side were drawn against BATE Borisov in the Europa League last 32
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side face a huge challenge against Valencia in the next round
Unai Emery has a phenomenal record in the Europa League having steered Sevilla to the trophy three times.
And his Arsenal side negotiated the group stage with ease, keeping five consecutive clean sheets and winning all but one of the games against Sporting Lisbon, Vorskla and Qarabag.
Chelsea fans will have a trip to the Swedish coastal town of Malmo to look forward to in the new year after a near perfect group campaign.
The Blues’ perfect record in the competition this season came to an end against Vidi last week in a 2-2 draw.
Chelsea will be among the favourites to win the tournament but still have a long way to go
Eden Hazard and Co will face Malmo in the first knockout stage of the competition
But having given opportunities to promising youngsters such as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu, Maurizio Sarri’s side are well placed for a run at the final.
Celtic were drawn against Spanish side Valencia in what, on paper, looks like one of the most exciting match-ups of the first knockout stage.
The Hoops scraped through the group stage by the skin of their teeth despite a 2-1 defeat by Salzburg at Parkhead in their final group fixture.
RB Leipzig were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw with bottom side Rosenborg, meaning Brendan Rodgers’ men held on to second spot.
Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been in strong form so far this season
EUROPA LEAGUE LAST 32 DRAW
Viktoria Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb
Brugge vs Salzburg
Rapid Vienna vs Inter Milan
Slavia Prague vs Genk
Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen
Zurich vs Napoli
Malmo vs Chelsea
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Celtic vs Valencia
Rennes vs Real Betis
Olympiacos vs Dinamo Kiev
Lazio vs Sevilla
Fenerbahce vs Zenit St Petersburg
Sporting Lisbon vs Villarreal
BATE Borisov vs Arsenal