Arsenal managed to overturn a disappointing 3-1 defeat in the first leg against Rennes with a 3-0 win over the Ligue 1 side at the Emirates. The result see’s the Gunners progress through to the quarter finals of the Europa League.
But who could Arsenal’s next opponents be?
Arsenal could be drawn against neighbours Chelsea in the next round of the competition as domestic sides are now able to face each other. The Gunners have faced their rivals twice this season in the Premier League coming out on top most recently in January 2019 in a 2-0 win over the Blues. Arsenal weren’t as successful earlier on in the season when they travelled to Stamford Bridge in August 2018 and lost 3-2
Strong favourites to win the competition, Napoli will be a team Arsenal will be wanting to avoid. Currently managed by Carlo Ancelotti who has lead his former sides to European success before. Despite being strong favourites Napoli had a tough second leg last round in Salzburg losing 3-1 to FC Red Bull Salzburg but going through 4-3 on the aggregate.
Heavily tipped to go far in the competition after falling short in the Champions League this season to Juventus and Manchester United. If the Gunners are drawn with Valencia it could see them face former player Francis Coquelin whose a regular starter for the club. The Spanish club managed to scrape through to the quarter-finals though with a late goal from substitute Goncalo Guedes in 93rd minute secured their spot. The goal snatched the tie from Krasnodar who were set to go through on away goals.
Fellow Spaniards Villarreal, are a tough side to face despite their poor showing in their domestic league. Sitting just above the relegation places by a point Villarreal are not having the best of times in the La Liga but their Europa League form is quite the contrary. They are yet to lose a game in the competition this season with five wins, five draws and no losses.
The German side managed to keep Italian giants Inter Milan at bay in the last round winning 1-0 on aggregate. Frankfurt currently haven’t lost in 10 games across all competitions and have inform striker Luka Jovic to look out for. Jovic is the joint third top goal scorer in the competition with 7 goals with one of them being the crucial goal against Inter Milan.
The Portuguese side were finalists in this competition two years in a row in 2013 and 2014 being unsuccessful on both attempts. In the last round they faced Dinamo Zagreb who would the first leg 1-0. Benfica managed to score one goal in the 90 minutes of the second leg before winning the game in injury time. Benfica are currently locked in a title race with FC Porto and the pair are level on points, could their league form hinder their chances in the Europa League?
They provided the shock of the round knocking out Europa League juggernauts Sevilla 6-5 on aggregate. The second leg of the tie in Prague had to go into extra-time in which two late goals from van Buren and Traore secured their place in the quarter-finals. Slavia Prague will be the rank outsiders to win the Europa League but they have proven that they are more than capable of pulling off an upset.