The journey to the 2018/19 finals of the Europa League at the Olympic Stadium in BAKU has been drawn out with clubs knowing their quarter-final and semi-final fixtures.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Napoli, Villareal, Benfica, Frankfurt, Valencia and Slavia Praha have all found out their fate going forward in the competition, with Arsenal, Valencia and Benfica perhaps getting the most difficult opponents.
Chelsea set to take on Slavia Praha, while a sensational Spanish derby is expected between Valencia and Villarreal. Arsenal on the other hand will face a tough test in Napoli, with the final set of teams being Frankfurt taking on Benfica.
Carlo Ancelotti and his men will have to be in their best away form when they travel to take on Unai Emery’s side at the Emirates Stadium, before the Napoli boss welcome the Gunners to the San Paolo Stadium in Naples for the reverse fixture.
Ancelotti and Emery both have fantastic record in Europe, which has led to the double-headed clash being labelled as probably the most mouth-watering fixture of the quarter-final draws.
And should the Gunners emerge winners against Napoli over the two legs tie, another tough test awaits Emery and his men in either of Villarreal or Valencia for the semi-final.
With Chelsea, Benfica and Frankfurt still in the competition, Arsenal will have a little more to do on their way to get the final.
Should the Chelsea boss make it to the Europa League final, Emery will be looking to do a repeat of the tactical masterpiece he employed when the Blues visited the Emirates Stadium earlier this year, when the Gunners beat the Blues 2-0 in a match which was hugely dominated by Arsenal.
Surely, the journey to the final is easier said than done, but it is certainly one which Arsenal are largely backed to win, with new boss Emery at the helm of the Emirates.