Europa League Semi-Final Draw: Arsenal To Take On Atletico Madrid In Almighty Clash Of The Favourites

Chris Wright

13th, April 2018


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The Europa League semi-final has been performed at UEFA HQ over in Nyon and it’s official: Arsenal’s reward for stumbling past CSKA in the quarters is a big last-four double-header against fellow favourites Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners had to tussle back from two goals down to salvage a draw out in Moscow (thus maintaining their flawless record of having never won a competitive match on Russian soil) but a late goal from Aaron Ramsey was enough to spirit them into the semi-final pot.

It’s not like Atletico were overly convincing either, with Antoine Griezmann spurning an abundance of chances as the Spaniards laboured to a 0-1 defeat to Sporting Lisbon in their quarter-final second leg. Thankfully, a 2-0 lead from the first was enough to preserve their participation.

Over in the other semi, Marseille will play Red Bull Salzburg and given how the two sides respectively fared in their ludicrous quarter-finals, it should be a sizzler.

So, can Arsenal overturn Atleti? Depends which Arsenal turn up (or don’t, as the case may be).

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  1. Wenger OUT says:

    Interesting draw :-)

  2. Wenger Boys says:

    If it was Arsenal Vs Athletico in a one off final game then I would rate their chances higher but over 2 legs I can’t see them coming out on top! Saying that they’ll probably beat Athletico and then lose to Salzburg in the final – that scenario literally stinks of Arsenal #wengerin

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