The Gunners thought they’d snatched victory in the first leg at the Emirates last week when Nicolas Pepe cooly finished a sharp counter-attack with less than five minutes remaining. However, with just seconds left in stoppage time, Tomas Holes stole in at the back post and powered a header into the roof of the net to take a 1-1 draw and a vital away goal back to Prague. A semi-final tie against either Dinamo Zagreb or Villarreal awaits the winner of tonight’s tie.
Arsenal’s turbulent domestic campaign has left them with little hope of European football next season unless they are to win this competition. That remains a realistic possibility, though, having fallen on the favourable side of the draw, while a 3-0 victory against Sheffield United at the weekend will only have helped to boost spirits at the club. Further good news arrived in the form of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both passing fitness tests. Follow all the action live below:
Slavia Prague team news
Here is the host’s team for the match this evening.
Slavia Prague team: Kolar; Boril, Zima, Holes, Bah; Hromada, Olayinka, Provod, Stanciu, Sevcik; Kuchta.
Dylan Terry15 April 2021 18:44
Slavia Prague v Arsenal (1-1 agg)
Welcome to coverage of the Europa League quarter-final second leg between Slavia Prague and Arsenal.
The Gunners let a 1-0 lead slip at the Emirates Stadium last week as they conceded a late away goal to hand the initiative to the Czech side ahead of tonight’s all-important return leg.
Mikel Arteta’s team will have to score if they are to advance through to the last four where they could come up against a familiar face in Unai Emery – now the coach of Villarreal.
It promises to be a tense affair and one that truly could go either way.
Dylan Terry15 April 2021 18:41
ARSENAL FACE TENSE TRIP TO SLAVIA PRAGUE
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as Slavia Prague host Arsenal in the second leg of their finely poised Europa League quarter-final tie after Tomas Holes snatched a last-gasp equaliser at the Emirates.
Dylan Terry15 April 2021 16:25