Who will Rangers face in Europa League group stage?

The Gunners one of the 12 top seeds in the draw and were drawn into Group L with Greek side PAOK drawn as the second team into the group.

Armenia, the homeland of Gunners star Henrikh Mkhitaryan, do not diplomatically recognize Azerbaijan, and when Mkhitaryan's Borussia Dortmund side traveled there in 2015, he was absent on security grounds.

The conflict centres on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which has been under the control of Armenian forces since a 1994 ceasefire but remains the subject of sporadic violence.

Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France, also finished fourth in the UEFA player of the season award announced on Thursday and won by Croatian Luka Modric, a victor in the Champions League final and runner-up in the World Cup.

Arsenal will face Sporting Lisbon, Qarabag and Vorskla in Group E.

"Of course it hurts, but we will go on", added Rose, who remembered how he narrowly missed promotion as a player with German side Mainz 05 on several occasions.

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Due to bitter diplomatic relations (political tension) between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the 29-year-old could face difficulties trying to get into Baku- even with the Arsenal team.

As well as the draw, Friday's ceremony will also see the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award being announced - Atletico pair Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin and Marseille's Dimitri Payet are on the shortlist.

BATE also lost in the play-off round for Europe's premier club competition, going down 6-2 on aggregate to PSV Eindhoven, while Vidi were beaten at the same stage by AEK.

Steven Gerrard's men will return to Russian Federation to face Spartak Moscow in Group G, which also contains La Liga side Villarreal and Austrian's Rapid Vienna.

The Armenia worldwide could also miss the Europa League final - if Arsenal progress that far in the competition - because the final will be held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

The first round of group matches is on September 20.

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