After defeating Ac Milan 5-1 on aggregate, Arsenal is drawn against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League Quarter Final Draw. The quarter final has the following teams: Arsenal, CSKA Moscow, Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, Lazio, Salzburg, Leipzig and Olympic Marseille.
To qualify for the Europa League Quarter Final Draw, Salzburg surprised many by knocking out Borussia Dortmund. Leipzig got the better of Zenit St. Petersburg, Arsenal decimated AC Milan, Atletico Madrid got the better of Lokomotiv Moscow, and Marseille ousted Athletic Bilbao. Lazio, Sporting and and CSKA Moscow got the better of Dynamo Kiev, Viktoria Plzen and Lyon respectively to get to this stage.
Europa League Quarter Final Draw In Full
- Arsenal v CSKA Moscow
- Atlético Madrid v Sporting
- Lazio v Salzburg
- Leipzig v Marseille
Team named first at home in first leg. First legs to be played on 5 April, second legs to be played on 12 April.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow
- As mentioned, Arsene Wenger has a poor record against CSKA Moscow, having never managed to beat them. The Russian side beat the Gunners 1-0 in Moscow in the 2006-7 Champions League group stage before holding them to a scoreless draw in London.
RB Leipzig vs Marseille
- RB Leipzig have the power of history behind them because German teams are unbeaten in their last six games against Olympique Marseille in UEFA club competitions (five wins and one draw.)
Arsenal Vs CSKA Talking Points
There are some seriously intriguing match-ups in the Europa League quarter-finals, not least for Arsenal, who have been drawn against CSKA Moscow.
Tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia have been escalating in recent days and it was announced on Wednesday that British government ministers and the Royal family will boycott the World Cup. So that one should be… interesting, to say the least.
Notably, according to Opta, CSKA Moscow are somewhat of a bogey team for the Gunners. They are one of just five teams Wenger has faced more than once as Arsenal boss that he has failed to win against. So, in addition to the diplomatic crisis gripping the two countries right now, it doesn’t bode well.
Elsewhere, there’s an Iberian derby as Atletico Madrid take on Lisbon giants Sporting. Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig are on their way to the south of France to play Marseille, while Serie A outfit Lazio take on Red Bull Salzburg, who vanquished Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.
That’s that on the Europa League Quarter Final Draw. Let’s hear your views below.