Arsenal, Chelsea, Clubs, Napoli, Slavia Prague, Story, UEFA Europa League


Paul Mariner and the FC panel agree that Arsenal kept their momentum going from their weekend win over Man United against a lacklustre Rennes side.

Arsenal have been handed a difficult draw against Serie A side Napoli in the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

The Gunners were due to have the second leg at the Emirates, but their tie was switched as they are not permitted to play at home on the same night as Chelsea. The Blues will meet Slavia Prague, who sensationally dumped Sevilla out the competition in extra time on Thursday night, with the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

There will be an all-La Liga clash as Villarreal take on Valencia, while Benfica have been drawn to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

There is the possibility of an all-Premier League final, with the winners of Arsenal’s tie at home to Villarreal or Valencia in the first leg of the semifinals. Benfica or Frankfurt will first host Slavia Prague or Chelsea in the second semi.

The quarterfinal first legs are scheduled for April 11; the second legs set for April 18. The semifinals will be played 2 and 9.

QUARTERFINAL DRAW

Arsenal vs. Napoli
Villarreal vs. Valencia
Benfica vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Slavia Prague vs. Chelsea

SEMIFINAL DRAW

Napoli or Arsenal vs. Villarreal or Valencia
Benfica or Frankfurt vs. Slavia Prague or Chelsea

The winners of the second semifinal will be classed as the home team in the final for operational purposes. 



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