'Europa League can save Arsenal season'


French side Marseille was drawn to play Salzburg in the second semi-final tie.

"If you look at the game, we were in trouble in the first half".

"So, let's prepare well for the semi-final and see who we play".

He set up Danny Welbeck for a precious goal against CSKA in the 75 minute with a deft through pass to kill off the hosts' hopes of overcoming a 4-1 first-leg deficit.

Arsene Wenger's worst fears may have been realised after Arsenal got paired with Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals, as the Gunners boss admitted he would "ideally" like to avoid the La Liga giants last night.

Speaking as a pundit for BT Sport, Keown went on to say "Wenger will be breathing a huge sigh of relief, because at one stage tonight it looked like they would be going the same way as some of the other big teams in Europe".

Laurent Koscielny thinks Arsenal need to have more confidence in their play as they aim to win the trophy and book a place in next season's Champions League. With respect they are the weakest team in the draw, but after their incredible feat they will fancy their chances against Liverpool, especially since they will again have the second leg at home.

The encounter will be Arsenal's first ever competitive meeting with Atlético Madrid.

They produced a stirring comeback to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit and beat German side RB Leipzig 5-3 on aggregate in their quarter-final. Asked about the significance of the competition and his manager's future, which appears to be intrinsically linked with the Europa League, Lacazette replied: "It will save our season because in the Premier League we are not doing well".

"The four clubs have worked a lot to reach the semi-finals and yesterday Salzburg were very strong against Lazio", Zubizarreta insisted in reference to the four goals Salzburg hit past the Romans on Thursday.