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

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Well, as luck would have it, the Gunners were pitted up against Atletico Madrid in the semi-final draw which was held on Friday afternoon.

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.

They did prevail 6-3 on aggregate, but not before being given a scare.

The Gunners, now sixth in the Premier League, host Diego Simeone's side on April 26 before the second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on May 3.

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Diego Simeone's team also endured a stumble in the second leg of their quarter-final, as they eventually edged out Portuguese side Sporting 2-1 on aggregate, but boast the firepower to trouble the best in the business.

The Spain striker was often Arsenal's bogeyman during his time at Chelsea...

Meanwhile, French Ligue 1 side, Olympique Marseille were drawn to battle Red Bull Salzburg of Austria for a spot in the final.

Atletico are bidding to reach their third European final in four years having been runners-up in the Champions League in 2013-14 and 2015-16.

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