Successfully eliminating CSKA Moscow in the quarter finals of Europa League on Thursday, Arsenal’s road to the final will be much tougher as they are being paired with another favorite, Atletico Madrid.
Following the drawing made earlier this Friday, Gunners are set to battle it out against Atletico for that final ticket, which will not only provide a trophy but also direct ticket to next season’s Champions League.
Notably, it becomes an extra motivation for the Premier League outfit, considering that they’re unlikely to reach top four seat by the end this current season.
Obviously winning an European competition is a major boost, but Arsene Wenger’s men will also be counting on the tournament as their main ticket for next season’s UCL.
Atletico themselves will be hunting more for the trophy as winning Europa League is still a proper reward for their current season, seeing it’s tough to catch Barcelona in La Liga.
Looking likely to finish second in current standings, the potential Champions League ticket down’t mean anything for Diego Simeone’s men, but their hunger for trophy remain strong, that’s why they will be taking the battle seriously.
It will be an exciting two leg ties indeed between to major favorites for Europa League and the winner should be considered as strong candidate in winning it all.
The other draw resulted in Marseille’s match up against dark horse RB Salzburg, which should also create an intriguing contest between two teams with similar qualities.