The Gunners have made their return to Europe’s premier football competition after a seven-year absence. During this period, they spent five seasons in the Europa League and one season without European football, marking one of the lowest points in the club’s recent history.
However, under Mikel Arteta’s management, Arsenal successfully secured a place in the Champions League with five games to spare last season. This achievement earned them a spot in the draw held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Thursday afternoon.
Prior to the draw, Arsenal was placed in pot 2, which fortunately spared them from facing the 14-time Champions League winners, Real Madrid. They also avoided potential matchups with strong teams like Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Porto. Additionally, they couldn’t be drawn against fellow English sides Manchester City, Manchester United, or Newcastle.
Finally, after a long wait, Arsenal’s opponents for this season’s group stages have been revealed. They drew Sevilla from pot one, a favorable draw considering they could have faced formidable teams like Bayern Munich or Paris St. Germain.
Here are the full UEFA Champions League 2023-2024 group stage lineups:
Group A: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Copenhagen, and Galatasaray.
Group B: Sevilla, Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, and Lens.
Group C: Napoli, Real Madrid, SC Braga, and Union Berlin.
Group D: Benfica, Inter, Red Bull Salzburg, and Real Sociedad.
Group E: Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, and Celtic.
Group F: Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Milan, and Newcastle United.
Group G: Manchester City, RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade, and Young Boys.
Group H: Barcelona, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Antwerp.