Former Nigeria youth international Salisu Gero of Ostersunds has been drawn against Alex Iwobi's Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League last 32 draw held at the UEFA Headquarters on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland.
The Kano born
Nigerian star Salisu Gero advanced to the next round of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday after finishing second in Group J with Östersunds.
Gero's Swedish side Östersunds managed to go through as Group J's runner-up after losing top spot to Athletic Bilbao on goals difference as both teams finished with 11 points apiece.
Recall, Gero represented Nigeria at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. The Flying Eagles lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the round of 16.
Iwobi and his Arsenal team-mates finished top of their group with 13 points following a final day romping of BATE Borisov last Thursday.Draw procedure
There were two pots of clubs for the round of 32 draw
: the 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage are seeded. They were drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed UEFA Champions League sides.
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AC Milan (ITA), Arsenal (ENG), Atalanta (ITA), Athletic Club (ESP), Atlético Madrid* (ESP), Braga (POR), CSKA Moskva* (RUS), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Lazio (ITA), Leipzig* (GER), Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS), Plzeň (CZE), Salzburg (AUT), Sporting CP* (POR), Villarreal (ESP), Zenit (RUS)Unseeded:
AEK Athens (GRE), Astana (KAZ), Celtic* (SCO), Crvena zvezda
(SRB), Dortmund* (GER), FCSB (ROU), København (DEN), Ludogorets (BUL), Lyon (FRA), Marseille (FRA), Napoli* (ITA), Nice (FRA), Östersund (SWE), Partizan (SRB), Real Sociedad (ESP), Spartak Moskva* (RUS)
Games will be played in principle on Thursdays 15 and 22 February, with the exact schedule released after the draw. The seeded teams are at home in the second leg.Ostersunds v Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund v Atalanta
Nice v Lokomotiv Moscow
Copenhagen v Atletico Madrid
Spartak Moscow v Athletic Bilbao
AEK Athens v Dynamo Kiev
Celtic v Zenit
Napoli v RB Leipzig
Red Star Belgrade v CSKA Moscow
Olympic Lyon v Villarreal
Real Sociedad v Salzburg
Partizan Belgrade v Viktoria Plzen
Steaua Bucharest v Lazio
Ludogorets v AC Milan
Astana v Sporting CP