The Liverpool legend and current Rangers boss praised Arsenal’s performance both on and off the pitch in the win over Slavia Prague.
Steven Gerrard was ‘really proud’ of Arsenal for the impressive victory over Slavia Prague and their anti-racist statement before kick-off.
Alexandre Lacazette’s brace, along with first-half goals from Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka, sealed a 4-0 second-leg win in the Czech Republic on Thursday in the Europa League quarter-finals.
The win sent Arsenal through to the semi-finals on a 5-1 aggregate triumph.
It came just days after Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela got a 10-match ban for racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in the last-16 of the Europa League.
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Despite the Slavia squad choosing to stand arm-in-arm rather than take a knee before kick-off, all Arsenal players knelt. In fact, Lacazette did so right in front of the hosts in a powerful stance.
What followed was a superb display that saw the Gunners turn a potentially difficult game into a comfortable win.
“I loved everything about Arsenal’s performance,” said Rangers manager Gerrard on Sky Sports.
“I admired their approach before the game, during the game, and after it.
“I’m sure Glen did as well.
“I was really proud about Arsenal’s performance, everything about it.
“I thought the way they prepared for the game, the way the manager spoke, the way the players behaved before and after, and then to back it up with that level of performance..I really enjoyed it.
“I thought it was a sensational performance.”