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Welbeck avoids retrospective action over alleged dive

Welbeck was involved in a challenge with AC Milan's Rodriguez Credit: PA

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will not face any retrospective action over his alleged dive against AC Milan, Press Association Sport understands.

Welbeck won and converted a dubious penalty in the first half of last Thursday's 3-1 Europa League win that secured Arsenal's place in the quarter-finals.

But UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body is satisfied that no further action is required.

UEFA does not have an equivalent rule to the Premier League's regulations on simulation, although its disciplinary body is able to review any incident from a match.

Arsenal to meet CSKA in Europa League last eight

Arsenal overcame AC Milan in the round of 16 beating the Italians 5-1 on aggregate. Credit: PA

Arsenal will play Russian club CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The Gunners booked their place in the last eight by defeating AC Milan, winning the second leg 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening to seal a 5-1 aggregate victory.

In the other quarter-final ties following Friday's draw in Nyon, Atletico Madrid face Sporting Lisbon, RB Leipzig tackle Marseille and Lazio take on Red Bull Salzburg.

Arsenal last reached a European quarter-final in 2010, when they lost to Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League - and look unlikely to break their way into the top four, currently some 12 points behind Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger's men, though, have now won their last three matches in all competitions to ease the pressure somewhat on the veteran French coach.

The first leg of the tie is set for April 5 at the Emirates Stadium, with the second leg on April 12.

However, it remains to be seen what impact the current political situation regarding relations between the United Kingdom and Russia will have on the fixtures.

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