Slavia Prague vs Arsenal LIVE: Europa League team news and latest build-up tonight


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Follow all the action as Arsenal take on Slavia Prague in the second leg of their finely poised Europa League quarter-final tie.

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:

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Europa League history

In the 2017-18 Europa League campaign, Arsenal were knocked out in the semi-finals by Atletico Madrid.

One year later they went a step further by reaching the final, before being beaten by Chelsea.

Last season, the Gunners crashed out in humiliating circumstances to Olympiacos.

There’s been a variety of failures over the past few seasons. Can they finally get it right this year?

Dylan Terry15 April 2021 19:35

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Slavia Prague v Arsenal

Two goals for this man Alexandre Lacazette at the weekend against Sheffield United. Boy could Arsenal do with that again this evening.

Lacazette is Arsenal’s top scorer this season

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Dylan Terry15 April 2021 19:30

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Manchester United v Granada

Manchester United host Granada having already beaten them 2-0 away last week. That one a little less on a knife edge than Arsenal’s game here tonight.

Dylan Terry15 April 2021 19:26

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Slavia Prague v Arsenal

Approaching 40 minutes from kick-off, it really does feel like a very big night for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.

Does he survive the summer if they crash out this evening?

Arteta is under pressure at Arsenal

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Dylan Terry15 April 2021 19:21

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Second time’s the charm?

Slavia scored in the 93rd minute last week

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Dylan Terry15 April 2021 19:15

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Huge night for the Gunners

A massive evening for the Gunners. If they lose this, their season is over. Win this and suddenly a trophy and Champions League qualification does not seem so far away…

Dylan Terry15 April 2021 19:11

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Slavia Prague v Arsenal

The venue for tonight’s game is the Sinobo Stadium in Prague. It holds 20,800 people at full capacity, but we will not see a full house tonight.

The Sinobo Stadium is home to Slavia Prague

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Dylan Terry15 April 2021 19:07

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Safety first

A reminder that everyone involved this evening has taken the necessary coronavirus precautions for the match to go ahead.

All the Arsenal team had their temperature taken as they arrived at the stadium.

Arteta having his temperature taken ahead of the game

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Dylan Terry15 April 2021 18:58

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No Odegaard or Aubameyang

Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have both failed in their race to be fit for this evening’s game.

Odegaard and Aubameyang are not in tonight’s squad

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Dylan Terry15 April 2021 18:51

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Arsenal team news

And Mikel Arteta’s team for tonight’s game…

Arsenal team: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette

Dylan Terry15 April 2021 18:47



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