THIS week is jam-packed with European football with various Europa League matches, including teams such as Ajax and Roma.

Most notably, Manchester Utd are taking on Spanish league leaders Barcelona in a heavyweight matchup.

Arsenal celebrating Europa League win


Arsenal celebrating Europa League winCredit: Getty

Arsenal are playing Manchester City in the Premier League in a title decisive fixture on Wednesday.

Arsenal are also in the Europa League but will not be playing against any opponent this week.

Why are Arsenal not playing in the Europa League this week?

The eight Europa League games this week are part of the last-32 play-off games.

Teams taking part in this round of Europa League either finished second in their group OR finished third in their Champions League group.

Arsenal finished first in their Europa League group, this means they don’t need to take part in the RO32 because they have secured their spot in the last 16.

When do Arsenal play next in the Europa League?

  • After the round of Europa League games this week, there will be a draw on February 24.
  • In this draw, Arsenal will find out who their opponents will be in the RO16.
  • Arsenal will then play their next Europa League match on the 9th and 16th March.

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