Europa League: Olayinka set for crunch clash against Arsenal

After masterminding the ouster of Rangers from the Europa League last night, Nigeria’s Peter Olayinka has been handed another tough duel following the conclusion of Friday’s quarter-final draw.

Olayinka’s Slavia Prague have been pitched against Arsenal in the quarter final.

While the Czech team have all the reason to worry about the threat the Gunners pose to them, Arsenal have to also be careful knowing fully well Slavia Prague sent Leicester City and Rangers packing from this season’s Europa League.

In other pairings, Manchester United will face Spanish side Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals, with a box office semi-final against one of Ajax or Roma lying in wait for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

The first quarterfinal matches are on April 8, and the return matches on April 15, while the semifinals are played on April 29 and May 6. 

The Europa League final takes place on Wednesday, May 26 at the Gdansk Arena in Poland. The stadium was due to host the 2020 final, but after the tournament was delayed due to Covid-19, the showpiece took place in Cologne, Germany as Sevilla beat Inter 3-2.

The winner Europa League winner will win a direct place in the group stage of the Champions League next season.

Europa League quarter-final draw: 

Granada vs Manchester United

Arsenal vs Slavia Prague

Ajax vs Roma

Dinamo Zagreb vs Villarreal 

Europa League semi-final draw

Granada OR Manchester United vs Ajax OR Roma

Dinamo Zagreb OR Villarreal vs Arsenal OR Slavia Prague

First legs: April 29 | Second legs: May 6

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