Arsenal to face Napoli in Europa League last eight


Chelsea fans are FURIOUS at Maurizio Sarri

The striker has found himself on the fringes of the Blues' first team in the Premier League since the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain on loan in January, but Sarri told reporters after the game he remains an important figure in his plans.

When, moments later, the word "Arsenal" was slowly revealed on the little white slip designating Napoli's quarter-final opponents, the most common reactions would have been low groans, facepalms and that sort of slow, inwards folding motion that people make when they receive bad news.

The Europa League quarter-final draws have been named and it's safe to say that the Gunners will have to sweat it out in order to progress to the next round. "It would be hard to play them with my history with the club".

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.

The Portuguese boss is not quite enjoying the best first year at Goodison Park in charge, with his team 11th in the Premier League table and they have probably left it too late to make a charge towards the European spots. I feel very well physically.

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"His potential as a player is very, very, high", he said.

So, included in today's draw are: Arsenal, Chelsea, Slavia Praha, Napoli, Benfica, Villarreal, Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Benfica, who dropped down from the UCL after finishing third behind Bayern Munich and AFC Ajax in their Champions League group, will face Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt who sent Serie A giants Inter Milan packing in the Round of 16.

And the 61-year-old has a point when he argued that no side will want to face the Blues, who are aiming to win the competition they lifted six years ago.

Elsewhere, Napoli wrapped up a 4-3 aggregate victory over last season's semi-finalists Salzburg despite a 3-1 second-leg loss in Austria.

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