Arsenal have made hard work of settling into life under Unai Emery, losing their two opening matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Progress was made at the Emirates Stadium last weekend following victory over West Ham but the Gunners still looked shaky at the back and things are about to become a lot more difficult in the months ahead.
September sees the return of European football for the Gunners and Arsenal learnt their fate in Friday’s Europa League group stage draw, which sees Emery’s side face a different sort of challenge in their travels across the continent.
Semi-finalists last term, Arsenal have to deal with the weight of expectation they will not get in the Premier League this season and anything short of success will be seen as a major disappointment – so the long road to Baku begins.
Arsenal fans have had their say on the draw and we have gathered some of the best reactions below.
Easy group for us.
— OLUKUNLE BENJAMIN O (@Obobanj) August 31, 2018
Arsenal into Group E. E for Esplayn.
— Indian Gooner (@shahid_patka) August 31, 2018
Watch how Vorskla turn into Bayern
— (@Sami__Sharif) August 31, 2018
18 points please
— In Emery we trust (@JackTheGooner) August 31, 2018
MAKE SURE YOU WIN EUROPA LEAGUE NEED THAT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEXT SEASON.
— Reactz (@ReactzR) August 31, 2018
Lets make this champions league next year guys
— Andy (@AndyW2367) August 31, 2018
I miss the UCL…
— Philip Gascoyne (@philipgascoyne) August 31, 2018
Let’s do this Gunners
— too blessed (@fdarams) August 31, 2018
Should top this group easily. No excuses
— Saqib Ali (@helder786) August 31, 2018
A lot of travelling to do
— Kamz Gooner (@Kamz2203) August 31, 2018