English club Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow after being drawn together in a Europa League quarter-final in Nyon on Friday – as the Gunners bid to win the competition, ahead of the likes of Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig and Marseille.
It’s a no-brainer that the Europa League is the Gunners’ most realistic chance of reaching the Champions League next season, as they lie 12 points shy of fourth-placed Tottenham, though they face a Russian side that dumped out Lyon from the competition on away goals at the last-16 stage.
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Arsenal beat Milan 5-1 on aggregate over two legs, winning 2-0 in Italy and 3-1 in north London.
CSKA lie third in the Russian league table, level on points with second-placed Spartak Moscow, and eight points behind leaders Lokomotiv.
Another favourite to win the competition, Atletico Madrid have been paired with Sporting CP in the last eight.
Former European champions Marseille will take on rising German force RB Leipzig, while exciting Italian outfit Lazio face the draw’s minnows Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, who knocked out Borussia Dortmund in the last round.
All the matches will be played on the same day with the first leg coming on April 5 and the return a week later on April 12.
The Europa League semi-final draw will then take place on April 13, and the final will be played on May 16 at Groupama Stadium in France.