Watch Slavia Prague vs Arsenal Live Match And Goal Highlights
Arsenal will endeavour to keep their prospects of European glory alive when they travel to Slavia Prague for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie on Thursday evening.
The Gunners were minutes away from claiming a 1-0 first-leg win after Nicolas Pepe’s late opener, but Tomas Holes scrambled home right at the death to rescue a 1-1 draw and a priceless away goal for Slavia.
Slavia: Kolar, Bah, Holes, Zima, Boril, Hromada, Sevcik, Stanciu, Provod, Olayinka, Kuchta
Arsenal: Leno, Mari, Holding, Chambers, Saka, Xhaka, Thomas, Ceballos, Smith Rowe, Lacazette, Pepe
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1* – the match is underway
2* – Pepe forces an early corner for Arsenal here. It’s swung in by Ceballos but thumped clear thanks to a powerful Slavia header.
5* – Boril and Olayinka link up well down the left-hand side, playing a neat one-two before the ball falls to Provod who tries a shot from the edge of the box but it’s blocked.
Then a free-kick is given to Arsenal for an infringement.
9* – Partey scoops a ball towards the back post and it reaches Lacazette who tries a header towards goal but it’s blocked by Holes without him really knowing anything about it.
Lovely pass from Partey.
15* – Provod bursts through the middle of the pitch and Partey trips him over. Clear foul. Maybe slightly fortunate to avoid a yellow there.
18* – GOAL! But that one will count and it’s Nicolas Pepe again!
21* – Arsenal are straight on the front foot again. The ball is fed into the middle and Saka is clearly brought down. Referee points straight to the spot.
21* – GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette makes no mistake from the spot. He sends Kolar the wrong way and strokes it into the bottom right corner
23* – Tie over? That mad five minutes means Slavia Prague now need to score THREE goals to win this tie.
24* –GOAL! Now they need four!
Oh this is superb from Arsenal.
Saka latches onto a pass on the right-hand side from Calum Chambers. He cuts inside and rifles a shot into the near post with his left foot.
26* – Slavia are shell-shocked. They simply cannot deal with the quality of Arsenal here.
30* – The Slavia Prague bench are simply fuming. Bellowing from the touchline. Don’t blame them to be fair. Their team are being given are good ol’ hammering here.
39* – Some nice link up again from Olayinka and Bah down the left. They eventually find Stanciu inside the box but his shot is blocked.
44* – Arsenal then break swiftly as Smith Rowe plays it to Pepe and he knocks it on to Lacazette but the move breaks down before they can burst in on goal.
45* – There’s just not enough intensity in the Slavia attack to find a clear path through Arsenal.
Bah sends in a low cross from the right touchline but Mari easily hooks it clear.
Two minutes of stoppage time at the end of a thoroughly one-sided half.
50* – Pepe bolts down the left once more, plays it inside to Saka but he then can’t quite work it out to the right for Smith Rowe.
58* – Arsenal happy to sit in a defensive base here and watch Slavia pass it around in front of them. The Czechs may have possession but they’re doing very, very little with it.
64* – Safe to say the action took place in the first half. This has been a professional job from Arsenal since the break, but for the neutral it has been rather dull.
67* – Substitution for Arsenal. Emile Smith Rowe off for Mohamed Elneny. Smith Rowe was superb tonight.
75* – Arsenal continue to run the clock down by keeping the ball as Slavia chase shadows. It’s all a bit tepid as the 750 fans in the stadium try to get their team going for the final 15 minutes.
77* – GOAL! Lacazette has a second and Arsenal have a fourth on the night.
Xhaka finds Pepe on the left hand side. He takes a look up and finds Lacazette in the middle of the penalty area completely unmarked. The Frenchman brings it down, takes his time and then calmly puts his foot through the ball beyond Kolar with a venomous left-footed strike.
81* – This has been as good as I have seen Arsenal all season. Slick, composed, professional. It’s been the perfect night for Mikel Arteta and his players.
90 min: Just one minute of added time here.
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