Olivier Giroud treble steers Chelsea into last eight

Arsenal to face Napoli in Europa League last eight

Arsenal to face Napoli in Europa League last eight

"I prefer to find them (Napoli) in the final", Sarri said.

Arsenal have been handed a hard draw against Serie A side Napoli in the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

Napoli are second in Serie A and are one of the stronger sides left in the competition.

While Chelsea's progression was as comfortable as it could get, Arsenal managed to scrape through to the last eight.

Whoever goes through will be up against one of Villarreal or Valencia, another tough tie.

So, included in today's draw are: Arsenal, Chelsea, Slavia Praha, Napoli, Benfica, Villarreal, Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Olivier Giroud treble steers Chelsea into last eight

The winners of the second semifinal will be classed as the home team in the final for operational purposes.

Arsenal and Chelsea, however, might need a path into the top-tier competition next season by taking the place reserved for the Europa League victor.

Chelsea took a 3-0 first-leg lead into the match in Kiev and added an away goal inside of five minutes when Giroud pounced on a Ruben Loftus-Cheek header following a corner and redirected it past Denys Boyko for the opener. Manager Maurizio Sarri will likely restore Higuain to the line-up when Chelsea travel to Everton this weekend.

The club celebrated qualification to the quarter final stage after overcoming RB Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate despite losing 3-1 on Thursday, however, this injury news will surely put a dampener on what has otherwise been a great week for the club.

Things could get very tasty indeed come 29th May. The Poland worldwide has netted 17 times in all competitions this term - leading the club goalscoring charts - and has been a constant danger on the left of a front two with Dries Mertens on the other side.

Insigne has grown from peripheral figure into key man during his time at Napoli, where he rose through the ranks. Ancelotti has the ability to rotate Milik, Mertens and Insigne in the forward positions, meaning Arsenal will need to watch out for clever switches in and out.

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