Europa League Semis: Arsenal Draw Atletico, Marseille To Battle Salzburg

The Reds beat Pep Guardiola's champions-in-waiting with victories in both legs, culminating in a stunning 5-1 aggregate scoreline - and now they'll face Roma, who they last played in the 2001/02 group stage.

Marseille will play Salzburg also in the semi-final draws held at UEFA headquarters on Friday.

Marseille, for whom captain Dimitri Payet was inspirational in their comeback 5-3 aggregate win against RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals, are now fourth in Ligue 1.

Arsenal get the desired home draw for the opening leg against the tournament favourites Atletico Madrid, and we now have the biggest task ahead of us to date.

The competition remains Arsenal's salvation this season because it represents their only chance of winning silverware and is their only realistic opportunity of qualifying for the Champions League given their poor domestic form.

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.

The Gunners struggled in Moscow and not for the first time in their foray into European football but somehow managed to make it out despite conceding two goals.

Salzburg lost 4-2 to Lazio in Rome last week but won 4-1 in the return in Austria, despite Ciro Immobile giving the Italians a second-half lead on the night.

The French outfit, now fourth in Ligue 1, thrashed RB Leipzig 5-2 on Thursday to seal their spot in the semis with a 5-3 aggregate victory.

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool manager) on UEFA.com: "If anybody think this is the easiest draw then I can not help this person; they obviously didn't see both games against Barcelona".

  • Julie Sanders