After a frustrating first leg at the Emirates, Arsenal were under pressure coming into the second leg of their Europa League quarter final tie against Slavia Prague, who’ve been undefeated at home all season. But the Gunners stepped up their game massively as they thrashed the home side with ease, winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate.
Slavia Prague held the aces coming into the game as they had an important away goal and an impressive home record, conceding just 1 goal in their last 4 Europa League games.
But Arsenal had different plans. In less than 25 minutes, the visitors were 3 goals up on the night as Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka & Alexandre Lacazette put the game to bed before the half time whistle.
Emile Smith Rowe, just minutes after seeing his goal being disallowed, set up Pepe for the opener. The Ivorian made no mistake in smashing the ball home from close range. Lacazette soon converted a penalty to make it 3-1 on aggregate for Arsenal, while Saka also chipped in to take the game away from Slavia Prague.
A fourth and final goal of the night by Lacazette meant Arsenal were through to the semi-finals to take on their former manager, Unai Emery’s Villareal, a team who boast a brilliant attacking unit.
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