Europa League semi-final draw: Arsenal face Atletico Madrid while Marseille face Red Bull Salzburg
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Europa League semi-final draw: Arsenal face Atletico Madrid while Marseille face Red Bull Salzburg

  • 3 month ago

Arsenal have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals.

The Gunners booked their place in the final four with a nervy 6-3 aggregate win over CSKA Moscow on Thursday evening, drawing 2-2 on the night in Russia.

Victory in the competition represents Arsenal's only serious chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season, with the north London club sitting in sixth place in the Premier League.

In the other semi-final tie, Olympique Marseille face FC Red Bull Salzburg, who both advanced following fine comeback wins over RB Leipzig and Lazio respectively.

The first legs will be played on April 26, with the second legs on May 3.

Tournament favourites Atletico progressed at the expense of Sporting Lisbon, despite a 1-0 defeat in Portugal on Thursday evening.

Diego Simeone's side are currently second in LaLiga behind runaway leaders Barcelona.

Speaking after Thursday's match in Moscow, when at one point Arsenal had been a goal away from elimination, manager Arsene Wenger admitted he would prefer to avoid Atletico in the last-four.

"Looking at all the results as a whole picture in Europe this week, you would say that teams have become closer and the games are very open and everything is possible in every single game," Wenger said.

"Everybody speaks about Atletico Madrid that they look the strongest team on paper, but you must say when you look at the results that Salzburg have done again... I am from France and Marseille are in there as well and that is always a difficult place to go... maybe it is better that I don't wish for anybody."

EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL DRAW:

Olympique Marseille v FC Red Bull Salzburg

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid