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Arsenal draw Napoli in pick of Europa League quarter-finals

AFP  |  Paris 

Arsenal will take on Napoli in the pick of the ties in the quarter-finals of this season's following Friday's draw, as Chelsea were paired with outsiders Slavia

Unai Emery's team will host Napoli at the in the first leg on April 11, with the return in a week later.

It is a tough draw for the Gunners, with Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli currently second in -- they were eliminated from the in the group stage despite beating at home and drawing twice with Paris Saint-Germain.

The winners of that tie will go on to a semi-final against the winners of an all-Spanish quarter-final between local rivals and

Both sides defeated Russian opposition in the last 16, with edging out Krasnodar and Villarreal, who are struggling domestically, knocking out Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Before winning the three years running with between 2014 and 2016, Emery really came to prominence during three years in charge of He led them to three consecutive third-place finishes in between 2010 and 2012.

Emery and Ancelotti are both former Paris Saint-Germain coaches, but the latter may have wished for a match-up with another of his old sides, Chelsea.

Instead, the west will face Slavia, heading to the capital of the for the first leg on April 11.

Chelsea, winners of the in 2013, will fancy their chances of advancing, although they would be wise to beware a Slavia side who are top of the and knocked out in the last 16.

The winners of that tie will go through to a semi-final against either Benfica or dark horses Eintracht Frankfurt.

Benfica, who dropped out of this season's at the group stage, lost to Chelsea in the 2013 Europa League final and were then beaten by on penalties in the final a year later.

Eintracht are a dangerous prospect, and the only German survivor in any European competition this season.

Cup winners, and runners-up in in 1960, won the German Cup last season and are fresh from eliminating Inter Milan in the last 16.

This year's Europa League final will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 29. The winners will secure passage to next season's group stage.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 20:40 IST