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5 teams that can challenge Arsenal for Europa League title

Arsenal are the favourites to win the Europa League - but they could yet fail in their objectives because of these teams

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Feature 06 Oct 2017, 08:00 IST
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It was announced in 2013 that the winner of Europa League will qualify for the following season's Champions League from 2015-16 season. The change was made to increase interest among the teams in the Europe's secondary tournament.

Last season, Manchester United just showed how important the Europa League is. They won the league and qualified to play in Champions League despite finishing 6th in the English Premier League table.This time its Arsenal's turn.

Struggling in the Premier League for a top 4 finish, winning Europa League is their best chance to qualify for Champions League 2018/19. Arsenal already showed class in Europa League beating their opponents comfortably even with their second-string side. But there are still a handful of teams left in the league that can challenge Arsenal.

Let's see the 5 teams that can challenge Arsenal for Europa League title.


#5 Dynamo Kyiv

Kyiv players pose before a game
Kyiv players pose before a game

Unbeaten in the Ukraine Premier League this season after 10 games, Dynamo Kyiv are hungry for success in Europe. They won their first 2 group games 3-1 and 3-2 in Europa League and tops group B table.

Even though they lack the quality of Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev certainly will not make life easier for them. They played Arsenal 6 times in the past in Champions League, beating them twice.

Dynamo Kyiv are a constant presence in Europe. Their recent success came in 2015/16 when they reached Champions League round of 16. Their best run in Europe came in 1998/99 when they lost in Champions League semifinals to Bayern.


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