Watch Arsenal vs Slavia Prague live match and goal highlights
Arsenal return to the Europa League action on Thursday to host the competition surprise package Slavia Prague. The Czech Republic club have already eliminated two British clubs in Leicester City and Rangers.
Arsenal trio Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are all back in training following injury, although Kieran Tierney and David Luiz are both ruled out.
Ondrej Kudela has been suspended as UEFA investigate his alleged racist abuse of Rangers’ Glen Kamara, while Ondrej Kolar and David Hovorka are both injured and Ibrahim Traore doubtful.
Arsenal XI: Leno; Bellerín, Holding, Gabriel, Cédric; Partey, Xhaka; Willian, Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette
Slavia Prague XI: Kolar; Bah, Zima, Holes, Boril; Dorley, Provod, Stanciu, Hromada, Olayinka; Sima
The winner of the two-legged tie will face either Villarreal or Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League semifinals later this month.
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1* – Arsenal’s Europa League quarter-final tie is underway!
Can they secure a lead to take to Prague next week?
3* – The visitors are in control of the game here.
7* – Decent build-up play from Slavia, with Nicolae Stanciu earning a corner as he tries to chip the ball over Hector Bellerin.
9* – Saka shows good awareness and invention to try and pick out the run of Lacazette in behind, but his pass was always curling away from the French striker and Kolar rushes out to collect.
13* – Arsenal search again for an opening as Bellerin rushes onto Saka’s pass and the Spaniard’s low cross is turned away by David Zima.
18* – Slavia attack after a brilliant switch of play from Lukas Provod, who finds Alexander Bah in plenty of space down that right-hand side.
Bellerin vitally gets his head to a cross instead of Peter Olayinka and Provod then drives an impressive effort narrowly over the crossbar.
22* – Bellerin releases Saka down the Arsenal right and Bah manages to flick away the cross intended for Willian at the back post.
25* – Stanciu is down for Slavia and clutching his jaw after receiving an accidental arm across the face from Smith Rowe as the duo competed in an aerial duel.
31* – Saka races through after latching onto a fine through ball from Holding into the right channel, but ends up bending his shot wide of the far post.
36* – Bernd Leno is called into action for the first time tonight 10 minutes before half-time, getting his body behind a tame attempt from Olayinka, who is put under pressure by Holding.
40* – Holding shows great strength and somehow manages to generate impressive power on a header following Cedric’s looping cross, with Kolar springing into action to tip the ball over the bar.
43* – Lacazette releases Saka, with the latter then seeing his cross blocked by Boril as he attempted to cut back for Smith Rowe.
Arsenal 0-0 Slavia Prague
No stoppage time added.
A low-key opening 45 minutes ends goalless.
50* – Danger for Arsenal and some miscommunication between Gabriel and Leno, but the former gets the ball clear for a corner.
55* – Gabriel is in some pain here and receiving treatment after landing awkwardly on his ankle following a nudge from an apologetic Sima.
60* – Leno saves smartly with his legs after Arsenal are opened up too easily and Boril’s low shot takes a deflection off the sliding Bellerin.
65* –Arsenal see a couple more searching deliveries into the box repelled.
Slavia have so many men behind the ball as Partey finds Saka and the England man whips in a low cross that is turned over by a stretching Lacazette at the back post.
76* – A real let-off for Arsenal as Sevcik pulls a shot wide of the near post after Cedric had tried to clear Kuchta’s cross from the byline.
GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Slavia Prague | Nicolas Pepe 86′
86 mins: Finally the deadlock is broken!
GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Slavia Prague | Tomas Holes 94′
94 mins: Slavia bundle home an equaliser in the dying seconds!
A corner from the right flank bounces off the knee of Pepe and Holes steals in front of Cedric to head in at the back post.
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