Dundalk managed to overcome Faroese side KÍ in the final qualification round for the Europa League with a 3-1 victory at the empty Aviva Stadium. A fantastic victory sealed by a goal from Ringsend born Daniel Kelly meant Dundalk will now receive a considerable financial boost as well as the chance to face English giants Arsenal in the group stage.
Dundalk were drawn out of pot four and they will face Norwegian side Molde, the Austrian side Rapid Wien and last but certainly not least, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
Prior to taking up the role as Manchester United gaffer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was at the helm of the Norwegian side, his second spell as the manager. He also starred there as a player, scoring 31 goals for the side prior to making the move as a player to Alex Ferguson’s United side.
Austrian powerhouse Rapid Wien are the pot two side that Filippo Giovagnoli’s Dundalk will have to square up against. The Vienna based team have reached the final of the European Cup Winner’s Cup on two occasions, in 1985 and 1996, losing to Everton and PSG, respectively.
Last but certainly not least, the Irish champions will play the Gunners. Arsenal secured qualification through winning the FA Cup after a disappointing league campaign which saw a change of manager meaning former player Mikel Arteta took charge after serial Europa League winner Unai Emery was relieved of his duties.
Dundalk are set to begin their campaign on the 22nd of October. All three home matches will be played at the Aviva Stadium.
By Louis Brennan