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Europa League draw: Arsenal get Napoli and Chelsea face Slavia Prague in last eight

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Chelsea will take on Slavia Prague in the last eight 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.

Europa league quarter-final fixtures

  • Slavia Prague vs Chelsea
  • Villarreal vs Valencia
  • Benfica vs Frankfurt
  • Arsenal vs Napoli

Twitter round-up

Alex: Chelsea get Slavia Prague in the Europa League araw! AND Napoli & Arsenal draw each other! GET. IN. MY. BELLY!

Kenny: Couldn’t have asked for a better draw. Weakest opponent for the quarters and Frankfurt/Benfica in the semi. Potentially Chelsea vs Napoli final. We don’t deserve Champions League if we can’t win it from here!

Dee: Arsenal fans have been laughing at United for the Barcelona draw… minutes later, they’re drawn to play Napoli

Ben: Banter having to make a 4,946-mile round trip to play a London derby in Asia on a Wednesday night when Arsenal play Chelsea in the Europa League Final.

London derby…

12:24: So… with Arsenal and Chelsea avoiding each other until in the QF and SF – could we have a London derby in Baku? I’ll book tickets to Azerbaijan now…

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents (Image: EUROPA LEAGUE)

100 per cent record

12:20: Arsenal won their only previous home game against Napoli in European competition (2-0 in the 2013-14 Champions League), with Mesut Ozil directly involved in both goals for the Gunners (one goal and one assist).

Ah, that was the Mesut Ozil masterplan. Saving him to take Napoli apart. Smart.

BENFICA vs FRANKFURT or SLAVIA PRAGUE vs CHELSEA

Chelsea now heavy, heavy favourites to win the Europa League. The winner of Benfica vs Frankfurt will play the winner of Slavia Prague vs Chelsea.

NAPOLI vs ARSENAL or VILLARREAL vs VALENCIA

Maurizio Sarri avoids his wish of playing Napoli until the final – should they make it of course. The winner of Napoli vs Arsenal will play Villarreal or Valencia in the semi-final.

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents (Image: REUTERS)

Not done yet

11:15: Remember, we’re about to find out the semi-final draw too. Could Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the last four?

SLAVIA PRAGUE vs CHELSEA

That’s a win for Maurizio Sarri. Prague did knock Sevilla out yesterday though.

BENFICA vs FRANKFURT

I can see a Frankfurt win there – they are in incredible Europa League form. Unbeaten.

VILLARREAL vs VALENCIA

Hello the Spanish derby… should be feisty

NAPOLI vs ARSENAL

Pierre van Hooijdonk giving us what we want! That’s already the headline fixture unveiled!

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents (Image: REUTERS)

Oh yes!

12:11: The Champion League had Julio Cesar showing off his diamond encrusted bracelet – the Europa League has Pierre van Hooijdonk drawing and opening the balls! That’s a clearer win as you’re likely to get.

Standby folks, the draw is imminent.

Another host introduced

11:10: Old friend and UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti has arrived to take over responsibility from Pedro Pinto.

He starts the arduous process of explaining all the terms and conditions with painstaking detail.

Just start the draw – we’ll worry about the small print later!

Coverage begins…

12:05: UEFA have started the Europa League draw. Not quite actually, they’ve started showing a five-minute montage of all the goals the competition has ever witnessed.

It was played to better music than the Champions League highlights package. Which is nice…

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents (Image: REUTERS)

Unai’s thoughts

12:00: Unai Emery insists winning the Europa League is about more than just qualifying for the Champions League.

I guess he would say that having won the competition in three successive years during his reign as Sevilla boss.

“The Champions League is very important but the Europa League grew up a lot and now is giving every team the possibility to play in the Champions League,” he said.

“In the domestic league, like here, we have six teams playing to be in the top four. Two teams are going out and the Europa League is giving us a big opportunity also to take one way to go to the Champions League.

“And also, it’s one title. I said to the players today, I am excited about this competition. It’s not just because you can get to the Champions League through this competition.”

Avoid avoid avoid…

11:50: Guess what? Maurizio Sarri wants to dodge a two-legged Europa League tie with Napoli.

It doesn’t work like that, Maurizio.

Sarri faces the possibility of being paired with the team he left last summer – and while that would present a mouth-watering prospect for many – he doesn’t like the idea.

“I prefer to face them in the final. First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy with that,” said Sarri.

“And second, it means that Naples are in the final, and I am happy. You know very well my relationship with the city, with the people. So, for me, it will be very difficult to play against them in Naples.”

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents (Image: REUTERS)

Twitter round-up

Darren: Champions League is old news. Hurry up and get on with Europa League draw. Toughest competition in Europe…

Sheridan: I think we are all in agreement that the Europa League draw is what people were really looking forward to.

Harry: Everyone tweeting bout the Champions League draw, but let’s face it the more important draw is still to come…

A truly impressive (and deluded) united front here from Arsenal and Chelsea supporters. I’m impressed, lads.

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents (Image: REUTERS)

Champions League draw

11:35: I’ll give you a quick summary of the Champions League fixtures should you have been living under a rock for the last 30 minutes.

Barcelona will meet Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Manchester City face Tottenham in an all-Premier League clash.

Juventus, who ousted Atletico Madrid with the help of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick on Tuesday, were drawn against Ajax, who are back in the last eight after a 16-year absence.

Liverpool, the fourth English representative, will face Porto in a repeat of last year’s last 16 tie which they won 5-0 on aggregate.

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents (Image: REUTERS)

Morning

11:30: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Europa League draw.

Before you ask, no. I haven’t been sent to Nyom, Switzerland to hang out with the UEFA executives. That’s obviously a damn shame because me and Aleksander Ceferin would have hit it off…

Anyway, we’ve just witnessed an all singing, all dancing Champions League quarter-final draw that features Manchester United vs Barcelona and Tottenham vs Manchester City.

I’ll speak more about that later AND who Premier League representatives Arsenal and Chelsea could be drawn against.

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW ARSENAL CHELSEA LIVE STREAM

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents (Image: GETTY)

Europa League draw: Who is in the quarter final draw?

Chelsea, Frankfurt, Benfica, Napoli, Valencia, Slavia Prague, Arsenal, Villarreal

Europa League draw: When will the remaining matches be played?

Quarter-final: April 11 and 18

Semi-finals: May 2 and 9

Final: Wednesday May 29, Olympic Stadium, Baku

All kick offs are at 8pm UK time though UEFA can change this.

EUROPA LEAGUE ARSENAL CHELSEA

Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea set to learn quarter-final opponents (Image: GETTY)

How to watch the Europa League draw

UK viewers can watch Europa League last 16 draw live on BT Sport 2 or UEFA website.

Alternatively, you can follow along live on the Express Sport blog.

How does the draw work?

There will be no seeding or country protection, meaning any team can draw each other.

Which ever team is pulled out first will play the first leg at home.

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Laurent Koscielny reprehensible behaviour has done Arsenal a massive favour

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Laurent Koscielny going on strike has done Arsenal a massive favour and forced the club to change its plans.

It really does appear that Unai Emery and the board had no intentions of bringing in a central defender. not going by the credible transfer reports we have been receiving.

It is fairly accepted that Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney, William Saliba, Everton Soares and Wilfried Zaha are the players the club are targeting.

Of those, only one is a central defender and he will not be available for a year.

Anyone watching the Arsenal mini-tour to the USA cannot fail to notice that the defence is still a shambles and that a central defender has to be the priority and it beggars belief that Arsenal has not clicked on to that.


Koscielny effectively going on strike leaves a huge gap at the back, he may not have played every game but he would have been significant throughout the season and he does need replacing.

If the club does not sign a central defender and goes with what we got then the consequences will be harsh and the fans will not forget, it would be negligence of the highest order.

Basically, the way I see it, if Koscielny would have stayed for another season the chances are no new central defender would have been brought in, that simply cannot be the case now.

So, in effect, the 33-year-old has done the club a massive favour even if they have not realised it yet.


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So what should Arsenal do about Aubz and Laca’s contract situations?

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Anyone Else Worried About This? by Dan Smith

While I don’t believe the seriousness of the rumours linking Aubameyang with a move away it did remind me about his current situation. Maybe gooners are distracted by transfer talk, or maybe we want to pretend it’s not happening, but our two best players have less than two years left on their deals. It means this time next year Auba and Lacazette can either run down their contracts or be sold for a cut price fee.

Essentially, we will be back in the Sanchez/Ramsey saga, one which we promised would never happen again.
In Raul Sanllehi ‘s own words, the recruitment team will be stricter with those with less than 24 months left on, unwilling to lose any more value on assets. So, by that criteria, if the Gabon and/or French striker chose not to negotiate we would have to sell now?

It would be a PR disaster to send one of our stars to a rival, but fear of criticism was the reason we preferred to lose Sanchez for nothing. The notion was having the Chilean for one campaign was better than any money we could have received. By the next January we were all taking about the 60 million we turned our backs on for 4 months work.

So, should we pay over the odds to keep the duo? Most gooners would say yes but how much stick have we got for doing exactly that for Ozil? The German has had supporters turn against him for his salary of 350,000 when he has zero resale value. Our forward line is 30 and 28 respectively and will be fully aware that someone the same age deemed not as important as them is the highest earner.

So, do we continue to write cheques North of 300,000 pound a week or (like Rambo) insist on a threshold? We either cash in now (fans will be unhappy), let them leave as free agents in the future (fans will be unhappy), or give them a raise (which upsets your wage structure). I was just wondering if anyone else was worried about this, and if so, what’s your preference?


My view is if Auba don’t say yes in the 2 weeks we have to sell, don’t we?

Dan Smith


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