Sunday 21 October 2018

Arsenal handed trip to Russia for Europa League quarter-final

Arsene Wenger has seen his Arsenal side recover form to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League (Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport)
Arsene Wenger has seen his Arsenal side recover form to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League (Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport)

Arsenal will play Russian club CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The Gunners booked their place in the last eight by defeating AC Milan, winning the second leg 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening to seal a 5-1 aggregate victory.

In the other quarter-final ties following Friday's draw in Nyon, Atletico Madrid face Sporting Lisbon, RB Leipzig tackle Marseille and Lazio take on Red Bull Salzburg.

Arsenal last reached a European quarter-final in 2010, when they lost to Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League - and look unlikely to break their way into the top four, currently some 12 points behind Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger's men, though, have now won their last three matches in all competitions to ease the pressure somewhat on the veteran French coach.

The first leg of the tie is set for April 5 at the Emirates Stadium, with the second leg on April 12.

However, it remains to be seen what impact the current political situation regarding relations between the United Kingdom and Russia will have on the fixtures.

Press Association

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