Playing on Thursday night on its own according to many is a huge disadvantage to the English teams against their Premier League rivals.
Some times drawing teams from Spain, France, Portugal, Scotland, Belgium can make all the difference as a smaller distance away journey makes life a bit easier.
It also brings interest among the fans as quality opponents make the fixture interesting to watch.
That being said let’s look at the draw for Arsenal, Wolves and Man United in terms of the distance they have to cover and is focusing on Europa League for Wolves a good idea?
Manchester United Away Journey
Astana Arena to Old Trafford – 5980KM to play FC Astana
Partizan Stadium to Old Trafford – 2440KM to play FK Partizan
AFAS Stadion to Old Trafford – 738KM to play AZ Alkmaar
Total Distance – 9158KM
Arsenal Away Journey
Emirates Stadium to Commerzbank-Arena – 764KM to play Eintracht Frankfurt
Emirates stadium to Stade Maurice Dufrasne – 468KM to play Standard Liege
Emirates stadium to Estádio D. Afonso Henriques – 1973 to play Vitória S.C.
Total Distance – 3205KM
Wolverhampton Wanderers Away Journey
Molineux Stadium to Vodafone Park – 3294KMs to play Besiktas
Molineux Stadium to Estádio Municipal de Braga -2237KMs to play S.C. Braga
Molineux Stadium to New Slovakia national stadium – 1810KMs to play SK Slovan Bratislava
Total Distance – 7971KM
In a grueling League season, the distance needed to travel makes a real difference. In that sense, Arsenal seems to have found some luck.
What do you prefer a quality team close to home or a weak team which will force fans to travel thousands of miles? Please let us know in the comment section below.