Joe Cole predicts winner of potential Arsenal vs Manchester United Europa League final after quarter-final draw

Arteta's side edged past Olympiacos on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals
Arteta’s side edged past Olympiacos on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty Images)

Joe Cole feels Manchester United would beat Arsenal in a potential Europa League final, should the two English sides make it all the way.

Friday’s quarter-final draw saw United set up a meeting with La Liga outfit Granada, while Mikel Arteta’s will face Slavia Prague in the last eight.

The semi-final draw was also made and if the Red Devils can get past Granada, they will go up against Ajax or Roma, and Arsenal would play Dinamo Zagreb or Villarreal should they progress, setting up the opportunity for the two Premier League sides to go head-to-head in May’s final.

Pogba's winner against Milan has set up a quarter-final meeting with Granada
Pogba’s winner against Milan has set up a quarter-final meeting with Granada (Picture: Getty Images)

But before that, they will need to deal with their quarter-final opponents, and former Chelsea winger Cole believes United will be happy with their tie but thinks Arsenal face a tricky test against a Slavia Prague side who have already knocked out Leicester City and Rangers in this season’s competition.

Manchester United will be delighted with that,’ Cole told BT Sport of United’s draw with Granada.

Arsenal, we’ve seen Slavia Prague, that’s trickier than what it looks. I watched the highlights of both games against Leicester, they’ve got a very good, well-oiled machine so that’s tougher than it looks. 

‘This [Arsenal] team knows what it takes to win a competition, they won the FA Cup last year probably against the odds in Arteta’s first year and again you’ve seen improvements.

‘He makes big decisions, he left [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang out of the north London derby because he turned up and late. That shows good strength of character. I think he’s learning on the job, his team are improving. 

‘Our two boys, Arsenal and Manchester United, you can’t look past them two. I feel that’s where the winner will come from so it’s exciting times for English football.’

When pressed on who would win a potential all-English final between Arsenal and United, Cole replied: ‘Man United for me all the way. For me, Arsenal, I love watching what Arteta’s doing there, I just think Manchester United would have the more experience. 

‘If it was the final and it’d be a great final, fingers crossed, toes crossed it happens, I think Manchester United would get it done.’

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