Europa League last-16 draw: Arsenal to face Sporting Lisbon, Man Utd draw Real Betis | Football News

Arsenal have been drawn against Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 of the Europa League, with Manchester United facing Real Betis.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners side, who were beaten finalists in the 2018/19 edition of the competition and reached the semi-finals in 2020/21, will travel to Lisbon next month to face Ruben Amorim’s side, who are fourth in the Primeira Liga at present, in the first leg.

The pairing of the clubs brings potential for a reunion between Arsenal and former defender Hector Bellerin, with the Spaniard having joined the Portuguese club in January after a short return to boyhood club Barcelona.

The Europa League trophy
The Europa League final will take place in Budapest on May 31

In terms of where the tie fits into the north London club’s schedule, they welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates before the away tie at Sporting. A trip to Craven Cottage to play Fulham comes between the two legs, before the visit of Crystal Palace follows the second leg.

Arsenal’s March schedule

  • Everton (H) – Wednesday March 1, 7.45pm
  • Bournemouth (H) – Saturday March 4, 3pm
  • Sporting Lisbon (A) – Thursday March 9, 8pm
  • Fulham (A) – Sunday March 12, 2pm
  • Sporting Lisbon (H) – Thursday March 16, 8pm
  • Crystal Palace (H) – Sunday March 19, 2pm

Manchester United, meanwhile, who have lost just once in all competitions since November , welcome Real Betis, managed by ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, to Old Trafford for the first leg.

In the lead-up to that match, United travel to Anfield to play Liverpool. They then play Southampton at home before making the trip to Brighton following the second leg, which will be played at Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin.

Manchester United’s March schedule

  • West Ham (H, FA Cup) – Wednesday March 1, 7.45pm
  • Liverpool (A) – Sunday March 5, 4.30pm
  • Real Betis (H) – Thursday March 9, 8pm
  • Southampton (H) – Saturday March 11, 3pm
  • Real Betis (A) – Thursday March 16, 8pm
  • Brighton (A) – Sunday March 19, 2pm

Elsewhere, Bundesliga title candidates Union Berlin take on Union Saint-Gilloise, while Roma – who occupy third place in Serie A – face Real Sociedad.

The first legs of the last-16 fixtures will take place on Thursday March 9, with the second legs a week later on Thursday March 16. The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Friday March 17.

Europa League last-16 draw:

Union Berlin vs Union Saint-Gilloise

Sevilla vs Fenerbahce

Juventus vs Freiburg

Bayer Leverkusen vs Ferencvaros

Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal

Manchester United vs Real Betis

Roma vs Real Sociedad

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Feyenoord

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