Arsenal draw Napoli in quarter-final, Chelsea to face Slavia Prague

Tanya Simon
March 16, 2019

The Frenchman lined up for the Blues as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League after sealing a comprehensive 8-0 aggregate victory over their Ukrainian counterparts. Spurs' victors in the world's oldest football competition Crystal Palace are facing Watford in the Quarter-Finals.

Napoli are second in Serie A and are one of the stronger sides left in the competition.

While Chelsea's progression was as comfortable as it could get, Arsenal managed to scrape through to the last eight.

Whoever goes through will be up against one of Villarreal or Valencia, another tough tie.

An all-Spanish pairing sees Villarreal play Valencia, and three-time runner-up Benfica will face Eintracht Frankfurt.

And accordingly the victor of the third quarter-final will play the victor of the second in the semi-finals.

First and foremost, Napoli are a formidable defensive unit.

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The ex-Arsenal star kept quiet about what the future may hold for him but reiterated that he was happy to have helped Chelsea advance to the final eight of the Europa League.

Sarri was equally delighted with the performance of his side, who did not let their 3-0 lead coming into the match deter them from equalling their biggest European away win since the 1970s, scoring five on the night in Ukraine without reply.

Arsenal, looking for a silverware during Unai Emery's first season in charge, will face Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli.

That has left Napoli exhibiting a form of post-Sarriball, with some of their possessional dominance traded for pace, sharpness and tactical flexibility.

Marcelino's men have recovered well from a slow start to the season, having also reached the Copa del Rey final and stepped up their bid for a top-four place in La Liga.

For Insigne, the Italian will now be unable to represent his country during the global break and crucially for all three it will be a race against time for the Arsenal clash on April 11th.

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