Chelsea and Arsenal will be pleased with their draws in the Europa League, but five-time winners Sevilla face a tough trip to Lazio.
Laurent Koscielny said his season is just beginning after making his return from a seven-month injury lay-off in Arsenal’s 1-0 Europa League win over Qarabag.
Alexandre Lacazette’s first Europa League goal of the season secured Arsenal a straightforward 1-0 home win over Qarabag as Unai Emery took the opportunity to blood young and returning players in a pressure-free match.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to salvage an under-strength Chelsea in a laboured 2-2 draw at Vidi in the Europa League on Thursday.
Olivier Giroud’s first-half double set up a comfortable 4-0 home win over 10-man PAOK, in which Callum Hudson-Odoi opened his Chelsea account, with Maurizio Sarri’s side topping Group L after extending their run of wins to five matches.
Arsenal cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Vorskla in their Europa League encounter at NSK Olimpiysky on Thursday evening.
Olivier Giroud’s first goal under Maurizio Sarri sealed Chelsea’s progression to the Europa League knockout rounds with a 1-0 win at BATE on Thursday.
Arsenal booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages after a 0-0 draw with 10-man Sporting CP that was marred by an injury to Danny Welbeck.
Eden Hazard will play at most 50 minutes of Chelsea’s Europa League match at BATE, but Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas have not travelled with the squad.
Maurizio Sarri said there is no room for Ruben Loftus-Cheek in his Chelsea team, despite the midfielder scoring a hat-trick in a match-winning performance against BATE.