Unai Emery, a multiple Europa League winner, guided his side to a 3-0 win over Rennes to overturn a 3-1 first leg defeat and get the Gunners into the last eight – where they’ve been handed a tough assignment.
Aside from facing Chelsea, Arsenal have been given the toughest task possible after being drawn against the Serie A side, coached by Carlo Ancelotti, in the last eight.
The Gunners were originally drawn out first but the tie was reversed after a clash with Chelsea’s fixture, and that could make it even tougher with the second leg now taking place in Naples.
It’s an all-Spanish contest as Villarreal take on Valencia, with the winners of that tie then facing Arsenal or Napoli in the semis.
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has been granted his wish by avoiding Napoli, and therefore also Arsenal, in the quarter-finals and semis after they were kept apart in both draws.
Chelsea have been given a much easier task than Arsenal after being drawn out against Slavia Prague, with Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt waiting in the semis.
Europa League quarter-final draw
- Arsenal v Napoli
- Villarreal v Valencia
- Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt
- Slavia Prague v Chelsea
Europa League semi-final draw
- Arsenal/Napoli v Villarreal v Valencia
- Benfica/Eintracht Frankfurt v Slavia Prague/Chelsea