Date: 13th April 2018 at 1:14pm
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The draw for the semi-finals of the Europa League took place earlier this morning.

Arsenal were joined in the draw by Atletico Madrid, Marseille and Red Bull Salzburg. Arsene Wenger’s side clearly have the tougher tie as when the balls were drawn we were paired with the Spanish opposition.

For some fans this is an advantage as we get two bites at the cherry, for others well known defensive issues have them nervous.

The first leg will take place at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday April 26, with the second leg taking place a week later at the Wanda Metropolitano (May 3).

Both games have an 8.05pm kick off time.

Some fans responded with brazen confidence to the news.

A number of fans gave a response that I simply cannot repeat here.

Plenty though felt that there could only be one possible outcome to the draw and it wasn’t a favourable one.

Those of a more optimistic nature will be hoping Wenger and the side he picks go into the ties with less of a defeatist attitude than some of the fans, but as has been abundantly clear so far this season our chances of success ultimately come down to what the team decide to do on the day.

Do we get the CSKA first half side, or the second half effort?

 

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