Arsenal 1-1 Slavia Prague
Late drama at the Emirates as Pepe’s goal is cancelled out by a last-gasp Holes header.
All to play for in the Czech capital next week.
GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Slavia Prague | Tomas Holes 94′
94 mins: Slavia bundle home an equaliser in the dying seconds!
A corner from the right flank bounces off the knee of Pepe and Holes steals in front of Cedric to head in at the back post.
Leno can only push the ball upwards into the roof of the net.
Massive frustration for Arsenal.
GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Slavia Prague | Nicolas Pepe 86′
86 mins: Finally the deadlock is broken!
Aubameyang releases Pepe and the Ivorian produces a lovely dinked finish over Kolar.
Arteta’s changes pay off late on.
The Europa League takes centre stage tonight as Mikel Arteta’s side host Czech opposition in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.
Winning this competition is likely to offer Arsenal’s only plausible route back into the Champions League next season, unless they can somehow overhaul a 10-point gap to the Premier League’s top four with only eight matches left to play this term.
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Arteta apologised to Gunners fans after Saturday’s listless 3-0 defeat by Liverpool – arguably the worst performance of his mixed tenure to date – and will be demanding a swift response at Emirates Stadium this evening.
Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric, Xhaka, Partey, Willian, Smith Rowe, Saka, Lacazette
Subs: Ryan, Hein, Ceballos, Aubameyang, Pepe, Mari, Nelson, Elneny, Nketiah, Martinelli, Azeez, Lopez