Europa League draw: Arsenal to face Atletico Madrid in semi-finals as Marseille get Red Bull Salzburg

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Europa League draw: Arsenal to face Atletico Madrid in semi-finals as Marseille get Red Bull Salzburg

Arsenal have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals, with the winner set to play either Marseille or Red Bull Salzburg in the final.

The draw is the toughest one that Arsenal could have faced, with the Liga side currently ranked third by Uefa’s official club coefficients behind only Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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Europa League draw: Arsenal to face Atletico Madrid in semi-finals as Marseille get Red Bull Salzburg

Having reached the semi-finals of last year’s Champions League after being knocked out by eventual winners Real, Diego Simeone’s side have a proven pedigree in Europe and will head into the two-leg affair as overwhelming favourites.

The first leg is due to be played at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday 26 April, with the return leg at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Thursday 3 May.

The Europa League semi-final draw also takes place this morning, an hour before the Champions League draw.

It’s pretty much the worst draw Arsenal could have faced, as they are paired against the side that is ranked third in the Uefa club rankings behind only Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Europa League draw- Arsenal to face Atletico Madrid in semi-finals as Marseille get Red Bull Salzburg
The last time Arsenal faces Atletico Madrid was back in August 2009 in a friendly game which the London based outfit won 2-1.
 Arsenal have never played Atletico in a competitive fixture, but the two sides did meet in the 2009 Emirates Cup in a pre-season clash in which the Guners prevailed 2-1 thanks two a double from Andrey Arshavin. Of course, a lot of time has passed since then…

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