Europa League draw: Arsenal gets Napoli, Chelsea exhales

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Who’s got the best route to Baku?

The Europa League draw was held in the shadows of the UEFA Champions League draw on Friday, and it’s certainly not Arsenal.

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The Gunners will have to get past Napoli, and vice versa, if they want a chance at upending Chelsea and winning an automatic berth in the Champions League group stage.

Chelsea will meet Slavia Prague, easily the best draw of the bunch.

It’s an all-La Liga tie when Valencia meets Villarreal, while Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt have a huge chance to entertain.

Should Arsenal defeat Napoli, it would face the Valencia-Villarreal winner.

In some ways, this gives Maurizio Sarri‘s Chelsea the clearest route to Azerbaijan, though Eintracht Frankfurt can trouble any back line and Benfica has plenty of European experience.

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