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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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'It's a mystery': O'Neill queries how 'phenomenal' Serge Gnabry slipped through Arsenal's net 

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‘It’s a mystery’: Michael O’Neill queries how ‘phenomenal’ Serge Gnabry slipped through Arsenal’s net after Germany hat-trick v Northern Ireland

Michael O’Neill says he is mystified as to why Serge Gnabry did not make more of an impact in English football after watching the Bayern Munich forward bag a hat-trick as Germany beat Northern Ireland 6-1 in Frankfurt.

Gnabry moved on to 13 goals from as many international appearances, looking a world apart from the player who struggled to make an impact at Arsenal early in his career and virtually disappeared on loan at West Brom before being sold to Werder Bremen for a reported five million euros in 2016.

His first goal was the pick of the bunch as he took a touch before swivelling in the box and unleashing a shot high into Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s goal, levelling the scores at 1-1 after Michael Smith gave Northern Ireland a shock early lead in this Euro 2020 qualifier.

Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick for Germany as they thrashed Northern Ireland 6-1

Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick for Germany as they thrashed Northern Ireland 6-1

But Gnabry’s movement, pace and strength caused Northern Ireland’s injury-hit defence problems until he was withdrawn nine minutes from time, leading O’Neill to describe him as ‘unplayable’ on the night.

‘Gnabry’s goal-scoring record is phenomenal,’ said O’Neill, whose side now face a play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina next March. ‘It’s a mystery to me how English clubs didn’t get more out of him.

‘I’d be surprised if this Germany team doesn’t make a big impact (at Euro 2020).’

This was Gnabry’s second international hat-trick, and came less than two months after his four-goal display during Bayern’s 7-2 demolition of Tottenham in the Champions League.

There were precious few signs of that sort of form during an Arsenal career that yielded only one goal from 18 appearances, but Germany coach Joachim Low said he had long been aware of the 24-year-old’s talent.

‘I’ve always had the highest possible opinion of Gnabry,’ Low said. ‘Right from the start it was obvious to me he would be a fantastically important player.

‘He was always one to pass the ball to, he doesn’t play up front all the time, he lets himself fall back a bit and you can find him anywhere on the pitch and he’s able to play in many different positions.

‘These are prime qualities in any players and also his finishing is technically fantastic.’

Low put Gnabry’s difficulties in England down to injuries, but said the forward’s Arsenal team-mates Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil had been quick to recommend him.

‘When he was at Arsenal he was plagued by injury and all these injuries set him back,’ Low said. ‘But even at the time, around the 2014 World Cup he had always been in my thoughts.

‘He had some very good games with Arsenal and Mertesacker and Ozil would say to me, ‘Look at Gnabry, he’s a fantastic player, he keeps defences very busy’, so we had him in our sights for a long time.’

 



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Tottenham fans demand Jose Mourinho snub after Pochettino sack – ‘I’d rather have Wenger'

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Tottenham fans have told chairman Daniel Levy to avoid hiring Jose Mourinho with the Special One odds on with some bookmakers to replace the Argentine.

Mourinho’s last job was at Manchester United which ended in acrimonious circumstances.

And some Tottenham fans even went as far as to say they would rather have Arsene Wenger in charge.

One said: “I’d Rather Have Wenger Than Mourinho.”

Another added: “Dear God I am hearing people say Mourinho.

“Have they not seen the mess he has made of ALL of his latest management jobs. I’d rather have Wenger than Mourinho!!!”

A third exclaimed: “Imagine if next North London Derby, Mourinho’s Arsenal play Wenger’s Tottenham.”

Tottenham released a statement on Tuesday evening explaining why Pochettino had been sacked.

Levy explained: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.

“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.

“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.

“I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.

“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”

Tottenham return to action against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday (12.30pm).

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