Arsenal and Chelsea avoid each other in Europa League and can only meet in final

ARSENAL and Chelsea cannot meet in the Europa League until the final.

The draw for the remainder of this season's competition has placed the two Premier League giants in separate halves.

Arsenal take on Napoli in the quarter-finals in a tough tie while Chelsea face Slavia Prague.

Fans will surely have been relieved to avoid each other in the quarters but things got even better when the semi-finals were decided.

If Arsenal get through they will face either Villarreal or Valencia in the last four.

Chelsea, meanwhile, would be rewarded with a tie against the winners of Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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So far this season it is 1-1 between the two London heavyweights.

Maurizio Sarri got the better of Unai Emery in August with a 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.

But Arsenal got their revenge in January when goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny sealed a 2-0 win.

And they could have the chance to take the bragging rights come the end of the season.

There is a strong possibility the Europa League final will have greater significance if both sides miss out in the race for the top four.

Of course, finishing fifth and sixth – which is a possibility considering Manchester United's form – would see Arsenal and Chelsea qualify for the Europa League.

But winning Uefa's secondary competition means automatic qualification for the Champions League in the following season, so could prove critical for Sarri and Emery.

The Europa League final will be held in Baku on May 29 and many will be desperate to see an all-English affair.

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