Sinobo Stadium was the place where Arsenal visited Slavia Prague in the Europa League. We have tonight’s player ratings for you.
After the troubling first leg at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal needed to get a strong performance at Slavia Prague tonight. The Europa League quarterfinals took place on Thursday to decide the four clubs that will play the semifinals. At the start of the game, both clubs were supposed to take a knee in support of the fight against racism and online abuse. However, the Slavia Prague players decided to not take a knee in protest of their teammate who got a 10-match ban for racist behavior.
Alexandre Lacazette wasn’t happy about that as he took a knee right in front of the Slavia Prague players. He was the one who played at the top of his game this evening as well with a spectacular brace. However, Emile Smith Rowe was the one who performed incredibly during the initial minutes of the game. He got a goal disallowed and set Nicolas Pepe up for the opener.
Lacazette and Saka shine against Slavia.
After a few minutes still during the first half, Lacazette had his chance to score the second goal for Arsenal from the spot. He didn’t miss his shot. But Bukayo Saka was the star of the show with an incredible solo goal that gave the Gunners a 0-3 lead. After the break, Arsenal got a fourth goal from Alexandre Lacazette after a defensive mistake from one of the Slavia Prague players.
With a 0-4 away victory, the Gunners are set to play the semifinals against Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine defeated Dinamo Zagreb with a 3-1 aggregate. We will get a new edition of the 2006 Champions League semifinals under different circumstances. Can Villarreal get revenge from that sour memory? Somewhere in Argentina, Juan Roman Riquelme must be eager to take part in this new European semifinal against the Gunners.
Slavia Prague: Kolar (5), Boril (4), Holes (4), Bah (4), Zima (3), Stanciu (5), Sevcik (5), Provod (5), Hromada (4), Olayinka (4), Kuchta (5).
Bench: Visinsky (4), Masopust (5), Lingr (5), Dorley (5), Tecl (5).
Arsenal: Leno (7), Mari (7), Chambers (7), Holding (7), Xhaka (7), Partey (7), Ceballos (7), Smith Rowe (7), Saka (8), Pepe (7), Lacazette (9).
Bench: Elneny (7), Cedric (6), Martinelli (5), Nketiah (6), Balogun (5).
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