Chelsea will face Malmo in the last-32 of the Europa League, while Premier League counterparts Arsenal take on BATE.

Maurizio Sarri's men and Unai Emery's side both progressed to the knockout stages as group winners so will play their first legs away from home.

Five-time winners Sevilla face a plum tie against Lazio and four of their former players Luis Alberto, Joaquin Correa, Martin Caceres and Ciro Immobile.

Napoli are among the favourites for the trophy, having missed out at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool in a tightly contested Champions League section, and take on Zurich.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic face a daunting task against Valencia, who drop down from a Champions League group from which Manchester United and Juventus progressed.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists racism is "the worst thing in the world" and wants fans to stamp out bad behaviour ahead of Wednesday's EFL Cup quarter-final at Arsenal.

The Premier League north London derby at Emirates Stadium earlier this month proved to be a highly charged affair both on and off the field.

Arsenal came from 2-1 down to run out 4-2 winners but the occasion was marred by Gunners striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having a banana skin thrown at him when he celebrated a goal.

The incident led to a supporter being charged by the Metropolitan Police and banned by Tottenham.

A week later, Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was the victim of alleged racist abuse during his side's defeat to Chelsea and Pochettino believes this is no time to be partisan around such a serious issue.

"Our fans, Arsenal fans, Chelsea fans, around the world – we need to celebrate for us," he told reporters.

"I don't care if it is Arsenal fans, Argentina fans, Tottenham fans, Espanyol or Barcelona fans. I am against this type of situation.

"For me it [racism] is the worst thing in the world and that is why I am completely against this behaviour.

"I don't want to be populist – I don't care whether it is our fans or other fans, I want to kill [the bad behaviour and racism].

"For me it is like this. Our responsibility is to behave like this."

Arsenal's players possibly fanned fan hostility by posting numerous celebratory social media images after they downed Spurs but Pochettino has no problems with such behaviour – largely because he expects similar from his squad if they reach the semi-finals.

"It's normal. When we won, we put selfies of ourselves too," he added.

"Of course it hurt a little bit because it's a derby, but if we win we're going to do the same.

"They want to show their fans their happiness, but that is fair enough."

Ralph Hasenhuttl described celebrating Southampton's win over Arsenal at St Mary's on Sunday as an "unbelievable moment".

Unai Emery admitted Arsenal have limited scope to address their defensive headaches in January after Hector Bellerin joined a long injury list during the loss to Southampton.

Charlie Austin gave Ralph Hasenhuttl his first victory in charge of Southampton and ruined Arsenal's 22-game unbeaten run with an 85th-minute winner in a 3-2 triumph on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah predictably earned a place on the shortlist for the CAF Player of the Year award, but Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly was surprisingly omitted.

Salah stands as the clear favourite for the award having enjoyed a remarkable 2018 in which he has found the net 41 times, helping current Premier League leaders Liverpool to last season's Champions League final, where they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid.

His Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane, Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi and Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez are also on the list, as is Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and Juventus defender Medhi Benatia.

Anice Badri (Tunisia and ES Tunis), Denis Onyango (Uganda and Mamelodi Sundowns) and Walid Soliman (Egypt and Al Ahly) are the three African-based players to be nominated.

Yet there is no place for centre-back Koulibaly, who was instrumental as Napoli finished just four points behind champions Juventus in Serie A last season, scoring his team's goal in a 1-0 win in Turin in April.

Koulibaly has helped Napoli keep 16 Serie A clean sheets in 2018, though he could not prevent them crashing out of the Champions League in the group stage this week.

Morocco international Achraf Hakimi, who is on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, AC Milan's Franck Kessie and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi make up the shortlist for Youth Player of the Year.

No African team made it past the group stage at the World Cup, but Senegal's Aliou Cisse and Morocco boss Herve Renard are each up for Coach of the Year, along with Moine Chaabani of ES Tunis.

Laurent Koscielny said his season is just beginning after making his return from a seven-month injury lay-off in Arsenal's 1-0 Europa League win over Qarabag.

Alexandre Lacazette's first Europa League goal of the season secured Arsenal a straightforward 1-0 home win over Qarabag as Unai Emery took the opportunity to blood young and returning players in a pressure-free match.

Gary Cahill lacks the technical ability to break into Chelsea's team, according to head coach Maurizio Sarri, who admitted the 32-year-old will likely have to leave the club to find first-team football.

Arsenal legend Tony Adams is set to become the next president of the Rugby Football League (RFL).

The former England footballer will succeed Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham in the role as a figurehead of the sport in England.

Adams won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners, but it is his work with rugby league's welfare programmes through the Sporting Chance charity he founded in 2000 that has been key to his appointment.

"Tony Adams is known and respected throughout sport and beyond, not only for his outstanding playing career with Arsenal, but more recently for his pioneering work with Sporting Chance," said RFL chairman Brian Barwick.

"The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players since the RFL entered into an official partnership with Sporting Chance in 2011, and Tony himself delivered seminars at Wigan and Hull earlier this year.

"The game has recognised the importance of mental health, for players and everyone else involved, and Tony's election is another significant step in that regard."

Adams, who has had stints as a manager at Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth, Gabala and Granada since retiring as a player, added: "It will be an honour to become the next President of the RFL.

"I am passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in Rugby League.

"I'd like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage."

Mesut Ozil has returned to full training and is in line to make his Arsenal return in Thursday's Europa League clash with Qarabag at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal could be without Rob Holding for up to nine months after scans confirmed the central defender ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Manchester United.

Holding was forced off after 36 minutes of the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with Unai Emery admitting "the first news is not good" 24 hours later.

Emery suggested Holding could miss a significant period of time, and Arsenal's medical update on Friday confirmed he will not feature again this season.

A statement read: "Further to the injury sustained during our match at Manchester United on Wednesday night, we can confirm that Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

"Rob will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months.

"Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Rob is back on the pitch as soon as possible."

Arsenal could be without Rob Holding for up to nine months after scans confirmed the central defender ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Manchester United.

"At least I did not put them off the job!" said Arsene Wenger last week, as two of his old Arsenal stalwarts, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, prepare to go head to head on Friday.

Jose Mourinho said his Manchester United team should not be compared to past sides including Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Nemanja Vidic as the embattled manager called for patience following Wednesday's four-goal thriller against Arsenal.

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