Tough draw for Arsenal tempered by Diego Costa blow for Atletico Madrid

14 Avril, 2018, 12:29 | Auteur: Ruben Ruiz
  • Arsenal draw Atletico Madrid in Europa League semi-finals

In the other semi-final, Marseille will face RB Salzburg, who both progressed after thrilling quarter-final wins against RB Leipzig and Lazio respectively. They are in first place in the Austrian Bundesliga, but the winner only gets a spot in the Champions League playoffs.

Atletico also beat Liverpool in the Europa League semi-finals in 2010 before going on to lift the trophy.

Atleti will hope to have the 29-year-old available for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on April 26.

Costa was substituted in the 52nd minute in a 1-0 defeat.

The Brazil international made 24 appearances across all competitions for Vasco da Gama, scoring five goals and supplying three assists in return.

Marseille are unbeaten at home in this season's Europa League and will have the backing a fanatical crowd when they host Salzburg in the first leg.

The Gunners will be hoping to win the Europa League to book their place in Europe's top tier competition next term.

The LaLiga club say the injury was diagnosed after exams on Friday.

Arsenal will need no introduction to former Chelsea strikers Diego Costa and Fernando Torres, while Antoine Griezmann has the potential to be a serious thorn in their side.

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.

For an Arsenal defense that can't seem to figure out how to stand on their own two feet, that's the kind of team that is terrifying.