Arsenal avoid Atletico in Europa League last eight
Europa League favourites Arsenal and Atletico Madrid avoided each other in the draw of the competition’s quarter-finals
With the English side paired with CSKA Moscow and the Spaniards pitted against Sporting.
Bundesliga side RB Leipzig were drawn against Olympique Marseille and Lazio, Serie A’s only survivors, will take on Salzburg, the surprise package among the last eight.
The Austrian champions are unbeaten in 12 matches in the competition this season and knocked out Borussia Dortmund in the previous round.
Unlike the Champions League, which is dominated by a handful of elite clubs, the less prestigious Europa League tends to be more unpredictable and Friday’s draw featured teams from eight different countries.
Arsenal are now 12 points adrift of the Champions League places in the Premier League and their only realistic hope of returning to Europe’s top club competition next season is as winners of the Europa League.Published: by Radio NewsHub