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Arsenal drawn in Group F of Europa League

This season's Europa League group stages have been determined - and we will be lining up in Group F.

The draw took place on Friday and saw us, one of 12 teams in Pot One, come out in Group F.

We will face Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Standard Liege (BEL) and Vitoria (POR).

Stay close to Arsenal.com for the confirmed fixture dates and times plus ticketing news.

Europa League draw

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More EFL games live on Sky

Last Updated: 30/08/19 12:32pm

Fulham vs Cardiff will be live on Sky Sports in October

Fulham vs Cardiff will be live on Sky Sports in October

Sky Sports have announced 14 more EFL games to be shown live in October.

There will be two more Friday night games as Birmingham face Middlesbrough on October 4 and Cardiff host Sheffield Wednesday on October 18, and two Monday night offerings as Bolton meet rivals Blackpool in League One on October 7 and west London rivals QPR and Brentford face each other on October 28.

October EFL fixtures to be shown live on Sky Sports

Date Fixture Kick-off time
Friday 4 Birmingham vs Middlesbrough 7.45pm
Saturday 5 Fulham vs Charlton 12.30pm
Monday 7 Bolton vs Blackpool 8pm
Sunday 13 Coventry vs Tranmere 12pm
Friday 18 Cardiff vs Sheffield Wednesday 7.45pm
Saturday 19 Blackburn vs Huddersfield 12.30pm
Sunday 20 Accrington vs Ipswich 12pm
Sunday 20 Wigan vs Nottingham Forest 2pm
Tuesday 22 QPR vs Reading 7.45pm
Tuesday 22 Sheffield Wednesday vs Stoke 7.45pm
Wednesday 23 Huddersfield vs Middlesbrough 7.45pm
Saturday 26 Sheffield Wednesday vs Leeds 12.30pm
Sunday 27 Swansea vs Cardiff 12pm
Monday 28 QPR vs Brentford 7.45pm

A big Sunday double-header on October 20 also sees Accrington face Ipswich and Wigan take on Nottingham Forest, while our midweek offering on Tuesday 22 and October 23 will include QPR vs Reading, Sheffield Wednesday vs Stoke and Huddersfield vs Middlesbrough.

Every announced EFL game live on Sky so far...

August

Fri 30: Cardiff vs Fulham, 7.45pm

Sat 31: Bristol City vs Middlesbrough, 12.30pm

September

Sat 7: MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon, 12pm

Fri 13: Derby vs Cardiff, 7.45pm

Sat 14: Fulham vs West Brom, 12.30pm

Sun 15: Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday, 12pm

Sat 21: Leeds vs Derby, 12.30pm

Sun 22: West Brom vs Huddersfield, 12pm

Fri 27: Stoke vs Nottingham Forest, 8pm

Sat 28: QPR vs West Brom, 12.30pm

Sun 29: Barnsley vs Brentford, 1.30pm

October

Tues 1: Leeds vs West Brom, 7.45pm, Wigan vs Birmingham, 7.45pm

Wed 2: Luton vs Millwall, 7.45pm

Fri 4: Birmingham vs Middlesbrough, 7.45pm

Sat 5: Fulham vs Charlton, 12.30pm

Mon 7: Bolton vs Blackpool, 8pm

Sun 13: Coventry vs Tranmere, 12pm

Fri 18: Cardiff vs Sheffield Wednesday, 7.45pm

Sat 19: Blackburn vs Huddersfield, 12.30pm

Sun 20: Accrington vs Ipswich, 12pm, Wigan vs Nottingham Forest, 2pm

Tues 22: QPR vs Reading, 7.45pm, Sheffield Wednesday vs Stoke, 7.45pm

Wed 23: Huddersfield vs Middlesbrough, 7.45pm

Sat 26: Sheffield Wednesday vs Leeds, 12.30pm

Sun 27: Swansea vs Cardiff, 12pm

Mon 28: QPR vs Brentford, 7.45pm

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EFL: Five things to look out for

Jonathan Woodgate's difficult start at Middlesbrough, Swansea excelling under Steve Cooper and Lee Bowyer putting smiles on faces at Charlton.

Here are five things to look out for in the Sky Bet EFL on Saturday...

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Woodgate's difficult start at Boro

It hasn't been the easiest start to managerial life for Jonathan Woodgate. He has won just once so far in his first five games - and even that was a nervy 1-0 win over a Wigan side that are notoriously terrible on the road.

Woodgate, however, has been tasked with the unenviable responsibility of making Boro's style of play more pleasing on the eye following the era of Tony Pulis, and it is never simple to try and improve entertainment and results at the same time.

You can see the signs already of what he is trying to do. Average possession is way up on last season, as are touches and passes per game. There does, however, appear to be less of a cutting edge in the final third, with numbers of touches in the opposition box and shots both falling.

"We want to get fans on the edge of their seat," Woodgate said when he was appointed in June. "We want as many fans back in the stadium as we can by playing attacking, exciting football with high pressure, pressing in different areas."

Entertainment is all well and good, but promotion will always be the aim for Middlesbrough in the Championship. After all, Garry Monk spoke in a similar way a couple of years ago, and he only made it to Christmas on Teesside.

Cooper taking his chance at Swansea

Steve Cooper may have been a slightly left-field appointment for Swansea, having only ever managed in the club and international game at youth level, but it is a choice that looks to be paying dividends so far.

Some were concerned for Swansea before the start of the season, having seen the club lose manager Graham Potter, star man Dan James and top scorer Oli McBurnie in the summer, but under Cooper they head to Leeds on Saturday second in the table, level on 13 points with their pace-setting opponents and having scored more goals (11) than anyone else in the Championship.

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That is not to say success should come as a surprise to a man who led England to success at the U17 World Cup in 2017, overseeing a team featuring the talents of Phil Foden, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Rhian Brewster and Jadon Sancho, among others.

Borja Baston has been brought in from the cold and Andre Ayew has been an influential presence thus far. Both are players who will have a big impact this season should Cooper be able to convince them to stay beyond Monday's European Transfer Deadline.

But even without Borja, Ayew and several other key players, they still managed to put six past Cambridge in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. It will be fascinating to see if Cooper can make it last.

1:53 Highlights from the Carabao Cup second round match between Swansea and Cambridge United

Highlights from the Carabao Cup second round match between Swansea and Cambridge United

Bowyer putting smiles back on faces

And keeping with the theme of young English managers in the Championship, we turn to Lee Bowyer - the once-reluctant Charlton boss who has performed miracles at The Valley.

Charlton were tipped as favourites for the drop at the start of the season, but a mixture of team spirit and some canny recruitment has seen them claim 11 points from their first five games ahead of their trip to Reading on Saturday.

"Lee Bowyer has single-handedly put the smile back on Charlton fans' faces," Addicks fan and podcaster Martin Atkins told Sky Sports. "Our League One run-in, the last-gasp Wembley win over Sunderland, and now our tremendous start in the Championship. It has been nothing short of remarkable.

"We have great team spirit, flexible formations and tactics and every player knows their job. The whole team is clearly playing for him. In addition, very clever squad strengthening on one of the smallest budgets in the league could see us pop up as a surprise challenger for a play-off place."

A play-off place may be a stretch at this stage. A note of warning would be that Bolton were third in the Championship at this point last season. But Bowyer and Charlton, even amidst ownership problems at the club, have at the very least proven they can fight well above their weight at this level.

1:41 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton and Brentford

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton and Brentford

Is it coming together for Sunderland?

Sunderland should really be in the Championship this season. They were in pole position for automatic promotion at the start of April, but won just one of their final seven games of the season, handing the spot back to Barnsley.

The Black Cats were then gifted a freak opener by Charlton in the play-off final, but then allowed their opposition back into the game before finally losing it with the last kick at Wembley.

1:49 Highlights from the Carabao Cup second round match between Burnley and Sunderland

Highlights from the Carabao Cup second round match between Burnley and Sunderland

Pressure had begun to build on Jack Ross and his perceived negative style, and two 1-1 draws - Sunderland's trademark scoreline - in their opening games didn't help that. Since then, however, there have been four wins on the spin, including a superb comeback to beat Premier League side Bury at Turf Moor in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Ross even made eight changes for that tie, and now he wants those fringe players to challenge for a regular place in the side ahead of their trip to Peterborough on Saturday. "The vast majority of that team have started league games for us this season and have every right to believe they should be starting games because they performed consistently well," he said.

"The players should take pride in coming to a Premier League team away from home and achieving a victory to put on their CV now, and they can grow in confidence from it. No doubt it makes my job harder in keeping them all happy but it's a nice problem to have as a manager."

Lubala making his impact at Crawley

It is never an easy decision for a player to drop down the leagues in search of first-team football, but Bez Lubala's decision to leave Birmingham for Crawley looks to have been a smart one.

The striker, 21, made three appearances for the Blues in the Championship last season, but couldn't find a way through at St Andrew's and opted to drop down to League Two, where he has scored four times in five games so far.

Crawley Town's Beryly Lubala (right) celebrates scoring against Norwich

Crawley Town's Beryly Lubala (right) celebrates scoring against Norwich

His highlight so far, however, came in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night as he struck the only goal of the game to knock out Premier League side Norwich. It may have been a deflected effort, but he didn't care a jot.

"I'm happy for nights like this," he told the Crawley Observer after the game. "As a young player, you want to be out there playing. I got my opportunity at Crawley and it's been working out so far for me."

Lubala, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is an intriguing character who already possesses a UEFA coaching license. He will hope to continue his fine start to the season at home to Cheltenham on Saturday.

1:40 Highlights of the Carabao Cup second round match between Crawley Town and Norwich City

Highlights of the Carabao Cup second round match between Crawley Town and Norwich City

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EFL: Five things to look out for

Jonathan Woodgate's difficult start at Middlesbrough, Swansea excelling under Steve Cooper and Lee Bowyer putting smiles on faces at Charlton.

Here are five things to look out for in the Sky Bet EFL on Saturday...

Prutton's predictions

Who is David Prutton tipping for victory in the Sky Bet EFL this weekend? Find out here...

Woodgate's difficult start at Boro

It hasn't been the easiest start to managerial life for Jonathan Woodgate. He has won just once so far in his first five games - and even that was a nervy 1-0 win over a Wigan side that are notoriously terrible on the road.

Woodgate, however, has been tasked with the unenviable responsibility of making Boro's style of play more pleasing on the eye following the era of Tony Pulis, and it is never simple to try and improve entertainment and results at the same time.

You can see the signs already of what he is trying to do. Average possession is way up on last season, as are touches and passes per game. There does, however, appear to be less of a cutting edge in the final third, with numbers of touches in the opposition box and shots both falling.

"We want to get fans on the edge of their seat," Woodgate said when he was appointed in June. "We want as many fans back in the stadium as we can by playing attacking, exciting football with high pressure, pressing in different areas."

Entertainment is all well and good, but promotion will always be the aim for Middlesbrough in the Championship. After all, Garry Monk spoke in a similar way a couple of years ago, and he only made it to Christmas on Teesside.

Cooper taking his chance at Swansea

Steve Cooper may have been a slightly left-field appointment for Swansea, having only ever managed in the club and international game at youth level, but it is a choice that looks to be paying dividends so far.

Some were concerned for Swansea before the start of the season, having seen the club lose manager Graham Potter, star man Dan James and top scorer Oli McBurnie in the summer, but under Cooper they head to Leeds on Saturday second in the table, level on 13 points with their pace-setting opponents and having scored more goals (11) than anyone else in the Championship.

Latest Sky Bet odds

Check out all the latest EFL odds and more from Sky Bet here...

That is not to say success should come as a surprise to a man who led England to success at the U17 World Cup in 2017, overseeing a team featuring the talents of Phil Foden, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Rhian Brewster and Jadon Sancho, among others.

Borja Baston has been brought in from the cold and Andre Ayew has been an influential presence thus far. Both are players who will have a big impact this season should Cooper be able to convince them to stay beyond Monday's European Transfer Deadline.

But even without Borja, Ayew and several other key players, they still managed to put six past Cambridge in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. It will be fascinating to see if Cooper can make it last.

1:53 Highlights from the Carabao Cup second round match between Swansea and Cambridge United

Highlights from the Carabao Cup second round match between Swansea and Cambridge United

Bowyer putting smiles back on faces

And keeping with the theme of young English managers in the Championship, we turn to Lee Bowyer - the once-reluctant Charlton boss who has performed miracles at The Valley.

Charlton were tipped as favourites for the drop at the start of the season, but a mixture of team spirit and some canny recruitment has seen them claim 11 points from their first five games ahead of their trip to Reading on Saturday.

"Lee Bowyer has single-handedly put the smile back on Charlton fans' faces," Addicks fan and podcaster Martin Atkins told Sky Sports. "Our League One run-in, the last-gasp Wembley win over Sunderland, and now our tremendous start in the Championship. It has been nothing short of remarkable.

"We have great team spirit, flexible formations and tactics and every player knows their job. The whole team is clearly playing for him. In addition, very clever squad strengthening on one of the smallest budgets in the league could see us pop up as a surprise challenger for a play-off place."

A play-off place may be a stretch at this stage. A note of warning would be that Bolton were third in the Championship at this point last season. But Bowyer and Charlton, even amidst ownership problems at the club, have at the very least proven they can fight well above their weight at this level.

1:41 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton and Brentford

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton and Brentford

Is it coming together for Sunderland?

Sunderland should really be in the Championship this season. They were in pole position for automatic promotion at the start of April, but won just one of their final seven games of the season, handing the spot back to Barnsley.

The Black Cats were then gifted a freak opener by Charlton in the play-off final, but then allowed their opposition back into the game before finally losing it with the last kick at Wembley.

1:49 Highlights from the Carabao Cup second round match between Burnley and Sunderland

Highlights from the Carabao Cup second round match between Burnley and Sunderland

Pressure had begun to build on Jack Ross and his perceived negative style, and two 1-1 draws - Sunderland's trademark scoreline - in their opening games didn't help that. Since then, however, there have been four wins on the spin, including a superb comeback to beat Premier League side Bury at Turf Moor in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Ross even made eight changes for that tie, and now he wants those fringe players to challenge for a regular place in the side ahead of their trip to Peterborough on Saturday. "The vast majority of that team have started league games for us this season and have every right to believe they should be starting games because they performed consistently well," he said.

"The players should take pride in coming to a Premier League team away from home and achieving a victory to put on their CV now, and they can grow in confidence from it. No doubt it makes my job harder in keeping them all happy but it's a nice problem to have as a manager."

Lubala making his impact at Crawley

It is never an easy decision for a player to drop down the leagues in search of first-team football, but Bez Lubala's decision to leave Birmingham for Crawley looks to have been a smart one.

The striker, 21, made three appearances for the Blues in the Championship last season, but couldn't find a way through at St Andrew's and opted to drop down to League Two, where he has scored four times in five games so far.

Crawley Town's Beryly Lubala (right) celebrates scoring against Norwich

Crawley Town's Beryly Lubala (right) celebrates scoring against Norwich

His highlight so far, however, came in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night as he struck the only goal of the game to knock out Premier League side Norwich. It may have been a deflected effort, but he didn't care a jot.

"I'm happy for nights like this," he told the Crawley Observer after the game. "As a young player, you want to be out there playing. I got my opportunity at Crawley and it's been working out so far for me."

Lubala, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is an intriguing character who already possesses a UEFA coaching license. He will hope to continue his fine start to the season at home to Cheltenham on Saturday.

1:40 Highlights of the Carabao Cup second round match between Crawley Town and Norwich City

Highlights of the Carabao Cup second round match between Crawley Town and Norwich City

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Chris Smalling: Manchester United defender set for Roma loan move

Chris Smalling has not been named in the matchday squad yet this season

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has travelled to Italy to finalise a loan move to Serie A side Roma, says boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Premier League club have reportedly agreed a season-long deal with Roma paying a fee of £2.7m.