Tough test for Arsenal in Europa League, Chelsea bound for Prague

Date published: Friday 15th March 2019 12:19

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Arsenal and Chelsea both face tricky ties following the draw for the Europa League quarter-finals on Friday.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri got his wish to avoid former club Napoli after the Italian side were drawn to face Arsenal in the last eight.

Chelsea will take on Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals following the draw in Nyon, which also produced an all-Spanish clash between Villarreal and Valencia.

The remaining tie sees Benfica take on Eintracht Frankfurt, with the winner facing Chelsea or Slavia Prague in the semi-finals.

Arsenal will face Villarreal or Valencia in the last four if they can get past Napoli, with the first leg switched to the Emirates to avoid two ties being played in London on the same night.

The draw keeps alive the possibility of an all-English final in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 29.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has already lifted the trophy three times with former club Sevilla and saw his side overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit in the last-16 against Rennes on Thursday.

Chelsea cruised into the last eight with an 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev.

Quarter-final draw: 

Napoli v Arsenal*
Villarreal v Valencia
Benfica v Frankfurt
Slavia Prague v Chelsea

*Arsenal tie to be reversed as two ties cannot be played in London on the same night

Ties to be played:

Quarter-final 1st and 2nd legs: 11/18 April

Semi-final-final draw: 

Napoli or Arsenal v Villarreal or Valencia

Benfica or Frankfurt v Sparta Prague v Chelsea

Ties to be played:

Semi-final 1st and 2nd legs: May 2/9

 

 

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