Europa League Draw: Arsenal Face Napoli In Quarter-Finals With Chelsea Handed Favourable Tie Against Slavia Prague

Arsenal have been handed a nightmare Europa League draw with the Gunners to face Napoli in the quarter-finals.

While Chelsea have been handed a favourable tie after being drawn against Czech Republic outfit Slavia Prague in the last eight.

It will be an all-Spanish match-up between Valencia and Villarreal, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s reward for knocking out Inter Milan is a clash against Benfica.

Unai Emery’s side could potentially face Chelsea in the final in Azerbaijan on May 29 having been separated in the semi-final draw.

Should the North Londoners prevail against Napoli, they will face the winner of Valencia and Villarreal in the semis.

It means that supporters could welcome fan favourite Santi Cazorla back to the Emirates after he left last summer on a free transfer to the Yellow Submarine.

Full Europa League draw

Quarter-final draw

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

Semi-final draw

Arsenal/Napoli vs Villarreal/Valencia

Benfica/Eintracht Frankfurt vs Slavia Prague/Chelsea

While the West London side will face either Benfica or Frankfurt away should they advance beyond the quarter-finals.

The first legs of the quarters will be played on Thursday, April 11, with the return fixture to be held a week later.

Arsenal and Chelsea were both drawn to play away in the first match, but the London rivals aren’t allowed to play in the capital on the same day or consecutive nights, so the Gunners will face Napoli at home first due to the Blues’ FA Cup success last year.

The semi-finals will be played on May 2 and 9, with times to be announced in due course.

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