Arsenal to face Atletico Madrid in Europa League semi-finals

Arsene Wenger sets date for injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan to return

Meanwhile, Friday's draw in Nyon saw Olympique Marseille handed a clash with Red Bull Salzburg in the tournament's other last-four pairing.

The striker Alexandre Lacazette believes winning the Europa League would "save" Arsenal's season and could lead to Wenger staying on for another year.

Arsenal will have been looking to avoid Madrid in the semi-finals but the Gunners will take confidence from their two-goal comeback in Moscow. The Gunners must take advantage of the first leg at home if they want any chance of reaching the final. "A club of Arsenal's size and history belongs in the Champions League". Everyone at the start of it would've picked Arsenal out and said they were the team to beat and they have been.

CSKA Moscow scored two goals before Elneny distributed a magical pass to Danny Welbeck, turning the result to 2-1.

Spanish side Atletico Madrid booked their place in the semi-finals following a 2-1 aggregate victory over Sporting Lisbon. He was substituted early in the second half.


Wenger ignored a pre-match question about whether he would continue as manager if Arsenal do not win the competition.

He'll need to continue this fine form if the north London side are to win the Europa League this season, though.

Speaking on The Debate, Wise said:"If they [Arsenal] get past Atletico I think they have a really good chance of winning this".

After also reaching the League Cup final, Arsenal could play 61 games by the end of the season if they reach the Europa League final and there was particular concern over Jack Wilshere, who came off after taking a kick to his ankle.

And Wenger conceded - perhaps like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Lazio - that it was hard for Arsenal to motivate themselves for the second leg, having won so comfortably in London.

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