Arsenal handed tough quarter-final encounter against Napoli while Chelsea get favourable draw against Slavia Prague in Europa League
- Arsenal have drawn Napoli in the pick of the Europa League quarter-final ties
- Chelsea were handed a favourable draw against Czech side Slavia Prague
- Valencia and Villarreal make it an all-Spanish, last-eight two-legged encounter
- Benfica and Frankfurt complete the draw, which took place in Nyon on Friday
- The last eight first legs will be played on April 11 with the second legs on April 18
Maurizio Sarri’s side, who are still unbeaten in this season’s competition, were awarded a favourable tie against Slavia Prague at the ceremony in Nyon.
There will be an all-Spanish quarter-final draw between Villarreal and Valencia while Benfica and Frankfurt will go head to head for a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
Arsenal will face Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals while Chelsea play Slavia Prague
Chelsea and Arsenal discovered their fate in the quarter-final draw in Nyon on Friday
Europa League ambassador Pierre van Hooijdonk (right) helps conduct the draw in Nyon
EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
Arsenal vs Napoli
Villarreal vs Valencia
Benfica vs Frankfurt
Slavia Prague vs Chelsea
THURSDAY, APRIL 18
Napoli vs Arsenal
Valencia vs Villarreal
Frankfurt vs Benfica
Chelsea vs Slavia Prague
Arsenal/Napoli vs Villarreal/Valencia
Benfica/Frankfurt vs Slavia Prague/Chelsea
The first legs will be played on April 11, with the second legs on April 18.
Chelsea will play the first leg at home first because both they and Arsenal cannot play in London on the same evening.
Should Unai Emery’s men make it through to the semi-finals of the competition, they will come up against the winner of Valencia and Villarreal while also being afforded a home game in the first leg of the last-four encounter.
The winner of Chelsea and Slavia Prague’s match will face either Frankfurt or Benfica over two legs for a place in the final.
Arsenal have won their only previous home game against Napoli in European competition, where they beat the Serie A side 2-0 in the 2013-14 Champions League campaign, with Mesut Ozil directly involved in both goals.
The German playmaker scored one and assisted the other in that match at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, the Blues, who haven’t lost in this season’s Europa League campaign, are unbeaten in their previous six games against Czech opponents in European competition, having won three and drawn three, while also managing to keep a clean sheet in four of the last five.
Arsenal were the second team to be picked in the draw while Chelsea were the last
The semi-final draws were also conducted along with who would be the ‘home’ side in the final