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

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

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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