Atletico Madrid were one of the teams to drop into the Europa League following their 1-1 draw in their final Champions League group game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, and Arsenal fans were quick to have their say on the news.
The Gunners are one of the favourites to win the Europa League and have already qualified for the knockout stages, but now they have been joined by the likes of Atletico, Celtic, CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon after those teams finished third in their Champions League groups.
As things stand they are likely to be joined by the likes of Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig on Wednesday, and with AC Milan also already in the Europa League it is shaping up to be an exciting competition over the remainder of the campaign.
Arsenal supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the latest bombshell, and while one simply said “life is unfair”, another said “we can’t catch a break”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
When Arsenal in Europa League only teams like Dortmund and Atletico Madrid will enter round of 32. When United was in Europa last year, teams like Spurs and Rostov will enter. Life is unfair 🙃
— Dinesh (@dineshjohn98) December 6, 2017
Atletico Madrid in the Europa League. This is a deliberate sabotage of Arsenal's title hopes. UEFA hates Wenger 😡😡
— MikeThePundit (@MichaelImianvan) December 6, 2017
Strongest line up in years I imagine, typical when Arsenal drop in to it 😂 https://t.co/C3vZXpcdG0
— ✌🏻 Ŵęśtŷ™⚽️🍺 (@Westyafcm) December 6, 2017
CSKA, Celtic, Atletico & Sporting all droping out to Europa League. Could be joined by likes of Napoli, Dortmund & Porto/Leipzig tomorrow. Insanely difference from last years campaign #afc
— Bagheera (@BagheeraLoui) December 5, 2017
Damn,tis is not gud pic.twitter.com/0Ec5UsxVjn
— I know a guy (@TerryVitamin) December 5, 2017
— MotherOfDragons (@thegoonerway94) December 6, 2017
Transferring to UEFA Europa League round of 32:
4 more teams will join them on Wednesday:
Liverpool or Sevilla or Spartak
Shakhtar or Napoli
Porto or Leipzig
Dortmund or APOEL
— Amar (@Arsene__Knows) December 5, 2017
— TEJ (@sartejt) December 5, 2017