Costa and Lucas injured as Atletico book Europa League semi-final spot

Lacazette and Wilshere are likely to start tonight’s second leg

Lacazette and Wilshere are likely to start tonight’s second legDAVID PRICE ARSENAL FC VIA GETTY IMAGES

"Obviously it will be very important for the club to finish the season with a European success and most importantly, if we can book the spot in the Champions League for next season".

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech believes winning the Europa League would be a sign of progression for the Gunners this season, following an otherwise indifferent domestic campaign.

Atletico's possible opponents in Friday's semi-final draw are Salzburg, Arsenal and Marseille.

"Perhaps in Arsenal's favour is that Atletico do play a high intensity style that is not dissimilar to Premier League clubs, so Arsenal won't find it too hard to prepare". It's also extra incentive for Salzburg.

Liverpool FC are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 10 years. If they win the cup, they'll jump that phase and be in the group stage. This guy is good enough to carry his team through to the final, and his ability in the final third means the French club can certainly win this competition. The final will be played on May 16 in Lyon.

"It's not that they won't be able to, but they are going to defend really well, counter-attack really well, and at home as they showed against Chelsea, Atletico and Barcelona can beat anyone". Not likely to happen, but they work hard enough together that they can make the final. The first leg will be played at OM's Orange Vélodrome on Thursday, April 26 with the return leg to be played in Austria on Thursday, May 3.

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