Arsenal handed toughest Europa League draw possible

Marseille thrashed RB Leipzig 5-2 to secure a 5-3 aggregate victory

Marseille thrashed RB Leipzig 5-2 to secure a 5-3 aggregate victory

Should OM win past RB Salzburg, they will earn a place in the UEFA Europa League final at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, taking on the victor of the other semi-final, between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners came from 2-0 down to draw the second leg of their quarter-final at CSKA Moscow 2-2 on Thursday night, progressing 6-3 on aggregate against the Russian side.

Ultimately, the victor of this season's Europa League will qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.

In the other semi-final tie, Olympique Marseille face FC Red Bull Salzburg, who both advanced following fine comeback wins over RB Leipzig and Lazio respectively.

Speaking after Thursday's match in Moscow, when at one point Arsenal had been a goal away from elimination, manager Arsene Wenger admitted he would prefer to avoid Atletico in the last-four.

"Everybody speaks about Atletico Madrid that they look the strongest team on paper, but you must say when you look at the results that Salzburg have done again..."

The first leg will be played at OM's Orange Vélodrome on Thursday, April 26 with the return leg to be played in Austria on Thursday, May 3.

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