Manchester United head to Spanish surprise package Granada while Arsenal takes on Slavia Prague in the Europa League Quarter Finals on Thursday.
English teams ahead of Europa League quarters
Arsenal’s poor league form under Mikel Arteta has left them looking to cup competitions for success for the second year. FA Cup winners last year, the Gunners’ only hope of silverware this season is in the Europa League. This competition almost certainly offers their best chance of returning to the Champions League next season.
After winning all six group games and then edging Benfica and Olympiakos, Arsenal can nevertheless not afford to take Slavia Prague lightly. The Czech champions are on a 21-game unbeaten run, including knocking Leicester City and Rangers out of Europe.
United shrugged off the disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage to claim impressive wins against Real Sociedad and AC Milan.
Granada notably knocked out Napoli on their way to the quarter-finals in their debut European campaign.
The Old Trafford side is chasing a first trophy since winning this competition in 2017. On paper, they should be too strong for Granada, even if Anthony Martial is out injured and Eric Bailly has tested positive for Covid-19.