Arsenal will lock horns with Spanish side Villarreal in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League
Arsenal performed one of their best performances to swept aside Slavia Prague to reach the Europa League semi-finals.
Arsenal performed one of their best performances of the campaign to turn a potentially difficult night into a fine away victory to swept aside Slavia Prague to reach the Europa League semi-finals.
Besides the tie fairly poised at 1-1, still, Gunners overcome leg two with 4-0 to go clear with 5-1 on aggregate a massive conquest.
“The boys were really at it from the start,” Arteta said. “We won in a convincing way, so credit to the players.”
Gunners scored three goals in the opening 24 minutes of the game and had another ruled out by the video assistant referee (VAR). It kept alive their hopes of winning the competition and with it their only pragmatic chance of European football next season.
Alexandre Lacazette has scored 2+ goals in back-to-back games in all competitions for the first time for any club considering his last three appearances for Lyon in May 2017.
Nicolas Pepe squeezed home at the near post to open the scoring in the 18th minute before Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty three minutes later following a foul on Bukayo Saka.
Saka coolly swept in the third as Arsenal tore their Czech opponents apart once more.
💬 "Games are decided in both boxes and we were ruthless in both of them today. We kept a clean sheet, we scored four and we could have scored more." – Mikel Arteta
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 15, 2021
“It will be really tough and Unai Emery is probably the most successful manager in this competition,” Arteta told BT Sport.
“We started really well and were aggressive in our high press.
“We looked a threat all the time. I really like the reaction of the team to the goal being disallowed.”
Arsenal will lock horns with Spanish side Villarreal in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League after they both progressed from the last-eight on Thursday evening