The road to the 2018/2019 Europa League final at the Olympic Stadium in BAKU has been laid out with the quarter-final and semi-final draw held recently.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Napoli, Villarreal, Valencia, Benfica, Frankfurt and Slavia Praha all learnt their fate, with Arsenal taking on Italian giants Napoli.
Fellow English side Chelsea take on Czech Republic side Slavia Praha, while an explosive Spanish encounter is expected with Villarreal and Valencia drawing each other. Portuguese giants Benfica take on German side Frankfurt in the concluding draw of the quarter-final teams.
Unai Emery and his men will have to be in their best home form when they host Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side at the Emirates Stadium on April 11, before the Gunners head out to the San Paolo Stadium in Naples for the reverse fixture on April 18.
Emery’s fantastic track record in the Europa League has seen top pundits and bookies such as best betting odds back the Gunners to make it through to the semis despite the uphill task of overcoming an in-form Napoli side in the process.
Should Arsenal come out victorious against the Italian giants, another feisty clash awaits them in either of Villarreal or Valencia for the semi-final on May 2 and May 9.
In recent years, the Europa League has become more and more popular with the competition producing thrilling fixtures and this year, it is no short of big names clubs fighting for the chance to lift an European trophy and also the opportunity of direct Champions League spot for the next season.
Arsenal boss Emery is widely described as a specialist in this competition, having won it three times with Sevilla before departing for Paris Saint Germain.
The confidence and backing from bookmarkers and slots such as casinous casino is no different for the semi-final however, as the Arsenal boss is most likely to come face to face with a Spanish side he will know all too well following his years in La Liga. And he may well be drawn with his former side Sevilla.
Going forward to the final, Emery and his men will still have the headache of facing either of Benfica, Frankfurt, Chelsea and Slavia Praha. With Benfica or Chelsea perhaps the most likelihood to emerge in the final.
Should Maurizio Sarri and his men make it to the final, Emery will be hoping to repeat the tactical masterpiece he employed when the Blues came visiting at the Emirates earlier this year, when the Gunners thrashed the Blues 2-0 in a match which Arsenal dominated for most part of the game.
The road to the final will certainly be harder than described, but it is certainly one which the Gunners are hugely backed to win, with new boss Emery at the helm of the club.
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