Arsenal Champions League draw: Group opponents, schedule, fixtures as Gunners lose at Lens

Arsenal fans are looking forward to their return to the Champions League in the 2023/24 season with Mikel Arteta’s team on an upward curve in the last 12 months.

Despite the frustration of losing out to defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Arteta’s charges sealed second place, and a reunion with the Champions League for the first time since 2017.

Arteta has invested heavily in the transfer market, to bolster his squad for the demands of Champions League football, and the group stages will provide a crucial acid test for his developing squad.

The Sporting News looks at Arsenal’s group stage opponents as they aim to make up for lost time on the biggest stage in European domestic football.

MORE: Teams qualified for Champions League 2023/24

Who is in Arsenal’s Champions League group?

The 2023/24 Champions League group stage draw did not throw up too many nasty surprises for Arteta with the major Premier League talking point centring on Newcastle’s tough return.

The Magpies fourth place Premier League finish ensured their return to the competition, for the first time in two decades, and Eddie Howe’s team have been placed in Group F with Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan.

Manchester City received a relatively favourable draw in Group G but Manchester United will be up against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in Group A.

Arsenal landed in Group B, up against Europa League holders Sevilla, Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven and Dutch runners up PSV Eindhoven and Ligue 1 team Lens.

Sevilla 

Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side secured a place in the Champions League despite finishing outside the La Liga top four last season.

However, a seventh UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa Conference League title win in the final weeks of 2022/23, ensured a spot in this season’s Champions League, as a Pot 1 team.

The Spanish giants are the top seeds in Group B, with Arsenal’s Champions League exile placing them as a Pot 2 team.

Arsenal will be eyeing Sevilla as their direct opponent for top spot in the group despite the Spanish team boasting a wealth of Europa League experience.

Their only previous meetings came in the 2007/08 Champions League group stages with a home win each as former Gunners star Eduardo scored home and away.

PSV Eindhoven 

PSV Eindhoven caused problems for Arsenal as the two sides battled it out in the Europa League group stages last season.

Granit Xhaka’s late goal sealed a 1-0 home win for Arteta, but a 2-0 defeat in Eindhoven almost toppled Arsenal’s push for top spot in the group.

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Arteta’s charges eventually edged out their Dutch opponents in the race for first place, but he will be wary of their threat, particularly with the Eredivisie side retaining key man Ibrahim Sangare over the summer.

Arsenal have only won once away from home against PSV, in four trips, with just one victory in their last five meetings overall.

Lens

Arsenal will be looking to secure maximum points against French side Lens with a unbeaten record of four games against the Ligue 1 team in European competition.

Lens caused a shock in French football last season, finishing second behind Paris Saint-Germain in the title race, but they lack experience on the big stage, and Arteta will need to show ruthlessness against them if Arsenal want to progress.

Arsenal Champions League schedule

Below is the confirmed match schedule for Arsenal in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stages:

Date Fixture Goalscorers Kickoff time (GMT/ET)
Wed, Sep. 20 Arsenal 4-0 PSV Saka, Trossard, Jesus, Odegaard 8:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. 
Tue, Oct. 3 Lens 2-1 Arsenal Thomasson, Wahi; Jesus 8:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. 
Tue, Oct. 24 Sevilla vs. Arsenal   8:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. 
Wed, Nov. 8 Arsenal vs. Sevilla   8:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. 
Wed, Nov. 29 Arsenal vs. Lens   8:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. 
Tue, Dec, 12 PSV vs. Arsenal   8:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. 

Arsenal Champions League group

Below are the latest updated standing in Group B:

Rank Team Played W-D-L GF GA GD Points
1. Lens 2 1-1-0 3 2 +1 4
2. Arsenal 2 1-0-1 5 2 +3 3
3. Sevilla 2 0-2-0 3 3 0 2
4. PSV 2 0-1-1 2 6 -4 1

Arsenal Champions League record

Arsenal enjoyed incredible consistency as a Champions League qualifier during the Arsene Wenger era with an amazing 19 successive Champions League seasons under the Frenchman from 1998 to 2017.

Wenger’s final season in north London saw the club drop into the Europa League, with his replacement Unai Emery taking charge of two campaigns in lower competition, followed by two for Arteta.

Wenger’s Arsenal lost out to Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League semifinals, their strongest recent performance in the tournament, following on from a final defeat to Barcelona in 2006.

Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League record
Season UCL stage reached Knocked out by Top UCL scorer
1998/99 Group Stage Dynamo Kyiv/Lens Eight players with one goal
1999/2000 Group Stage Barcelona/Fiorentina Marc Overmars – 3
2000/01 Quarterfinals Valencia Thierry Henry – 4
2001/02 Second Group Stage Bayer Leverkusen/Deportivo La Coruna Thierry Henry – 7
2002/03 Second Group Stage Valencia/Ajax Thierry Henry – 7
2003/04 Quarterfinals Chelsea Thierry Henry – 5
2004/05 Round of 16 Bayern Munich  Thierry Henry – 5
2005/06 Final Barcelona Thierry Henry – 5
2006/07 Round of 16 PSV Eindhoven Cesc Fabregas/Robin van Persie – 2
2007/08 Quarterfinals Liverpool Cesc Fabregas – 6
2008/09 Semifinals Manchester United Emmanuel Adebayor – 6
2009/10 Quarterfinals Barcelona Niklas Bendtner – 5
2010/11 Round of 16 Barcelona Robin van Persie – 5
2011/12 Round of 16 AC Milan Robin van Persie – 5
2012/13 Round of 16 Bayern Munich Lukas Podolski – 4
2013/14 Round of 16 Bayern Munich Aaron Ramsey – 5
2014/15 Round of 16 AS Monaco Alexis Sanchez – 4
2015/16 Round of 16 Barcelona Olivier Giroud – 5
2016/17 Round of 16 Bayern Munich Mesut Ozil/Theo Walcott – 4

Champions League knockout stage schedule 2023/24

The draw for the 2022/23 Champions League Round of 16 will take place on December 18, 2023. 

The draw for the remaining rounds (quarter-finals and semi-finals) of the 2023/24 Champions League knockout stage will take place on March 15, 2024.

Round 1st Leg 2nd Leg
Round of 16 Feb. 13-21, 2024 Mar. 5-13, 2024
Quarterfinals Apr. 9-10, 2024 Apr. 16-17, 2024
Semifinals Apr 30-May 1, 2024 May 7-8, 2024
Final June 1, 2024

How to watch Champions League around the world

  TV channel Streaming
Australia Stan Sport
Canada DAZN
Hong Kong beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect
India Sony TEN JioTV, Sony LIV
Malaysia beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, sooka
New Zealand Spark Sport
Singapore beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+
UK TNT Sports TNT Sports site/app, discovery+
USA CBS, CBSSN,
Univision, TUDN,
UniMas
Fubo, Paramount+,
ViX or ViX+

UK: Matches are broadcast on TNT Sports and streamed on TNT Sports site and app platforms, including discovery+.

USA: Matches are available to stream on Paramount+ (English) and ViX (Spanish) for subscribers, and when matches are televised on CBS or Univision channels, those are also streamed on Fubo.

Canada: Every Champions League game streams live on DAZN.

Australia: Every match from the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League streams on Stan Sport ad-free, live and on demand.

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