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BY SAMSON MBII,13TH APRIL 2018-Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi finals.This is according to the just released draw.Marseille will battle it out with RB Salzburg.Liverpool,Real Madrid,Bayern Munich and Roma are the Champions leageu Semi-finals.
Arsenal have never won the Europa League or Uefa Cup – but they did win the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970, a trophy that was seen as the predecessor of the Uefa Cup.
They beat Anderlecht 4-3 over two legs in the final.
The Gunners also won the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup – a competition that later merged into the Uefa Cup – in 1994, beating Parma in the final.
Of course, the worst possible draw for Arsenal. There’s no doubt that Atletico Madrid are the strongest team left in the Europa League.
They probably have the best defence in Europe, having only conceded 15 goals in La Liga this season.
Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa are a frightening front two. They also know how to win the competition, having lifted the trophy in 2010 and 2012.
Having said that, surely Arsenal were the team that Atletico wanted to avoid too? And in the quarter-final second leg, Sporting showed that the Spanish side are far from unbeatable.