Arsenal will play CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals after the draw was made at Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The Gunners, who beat AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate in the round of 16, face CSKA at home in the first leg on 5 April and will then travel to Russia for the return fixture on 12 April.

Writing on Uefa.com, Arsenal reporter Daniel Thacker said: “Although CSKA came out of the Uefa Champions League, Arsenal will be relieved with the draw. They’ve avoided Atletico Madrid - [Arsene] Wenger’s stated aim - while the dangerous Marseille and Leipzig are paired together. 

“The first leg at home will be crucial - establish a good lead, and the Gunners should have enough to hold on in Moscow and reach the last four.”

The Arsenal-CSKA Moscow tie could also have a political slant because of the current tensions between the UK and Russia. BuzzFeed’s Chris Applegate wrote on Twitter: “Given current UK-Russia tensions, Arsenal being drawn away to CSKA Moscow in the Europa League is one of those you file under ‘awkward away trip’.”

In the other Europa League last-eight ties RB Leipzig play Marseille, Atletico Madrid face Sporting Lisbon and Lazio will take on RB Salzburg.

Europa League quarter-finals draw in full

RB Leipzig (Ger) vs. Marseille (Fra)

Arsenal (Eng) vs. CSKA Moscow (Rus)

Atletico Madrid (Esp) vs. Sporting Lisbon (Por)

Lazio (Ita) vs. RB Salzburg (Aut)

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