Europa League: Who Will Arsenal Play Next and When?

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Arsenal sailed through to the semi-finals of the Europa League after a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Napoli at San Paolo.

The only goal in what was Unai Emery's 50th match in charge since joining in May 2018 brought the aggregate score to 3-0 in favour of the visiting team who earned a 2-0 win at home last Thursday.

The first ten minutes saw a lot of action with both sides getting free-kick upon free-kick. Our first was one from 35-yards taken by Granit Xhaka but it made no difference to the scoreline.

Another came in the 8th minute which the Swiss international sent into the box from the corner flag area, resulting in a scramble. Meret was quick to make a punching save from the edge of the box.

Ramsey's penalty call was shoved following his fall under pressure from Maksimovic. The Welshman would later be taken off to be replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan for what looked like a hamstring injury.

The deadlock was broken by a 36th-minute Alexandre Lacazette curling free-kick. Having been fouled, the Frenchman stepped forward to send one past the wall and Meret who had moved to his right prior to the strike could not recover in time to avert the danger.

It could have been two for the Gunners four minutes later but Aubameyang failed to link quickly with a low ball from his very good pal, the first goalscorer.



It all ended the way it was at half-time meaning Arsenal have sealed a ticket for the next stage of the competition.

In case you are awaiting a Europa League semi-final draw today, nothing of such will come up. The matchings had already been made during the quarter-final draw last month.

We will now play Valencia in a two-legged tie. The first will be at home while the last will hold in Spain on May 2 and 9 respectively.

Three league games will be played before action is resumed in the Europa League, the first being against Crystal Palace this Sunday.

It will be a tough one with Wolverhampton Wanderers three days later.

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