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‘Not so’: Arsenal handed Europa League quarter-final second-leg warning by Slavia boss

Rangers v Slavia Praha - UEFA Europa League Round Of 16 Leg Two
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‘Not so’: Arsenal handed Europa League quarter-final second-leg warning by Slavia boss

Arsenal have it all to do in the Europa League next week after playing out a 1-1 draw in their quarter-final first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners hosted Slavia Prague in a frustrating encounter which saw both goals come in the latter stages of the game.

Arsenal, who looked timid and were wasteful for large parts of the match, took the lead when substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Nicolas Pepe through on goal.

Arsenal FC v Slavia Praha - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Leg One

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The Ivory Coast international kept his cool to dink the ball past the advancing Ondrej Kolar and give Mikel Arteta’s side what looked to be the winning goal on the night.

However, Slavia netted in injury time, a corner kick bouncing towards the far post, where Tomas Holes dove to head home, Bernd Leno unable to keep the effort out.

Opposition boss Jindrich Trpisovsky warned Arsenal that, while the Emirates pitch is “superb”, the Sinobo Stadium is “not so”, so the Gunners would have to adapt next Thursday.

 

“We weren’t ourselves tonight. We gave them the ball very often without fight,” Trpisovsky is quoted by Optus Sport as saying.

“We need to see how Arsenal will adapt to our pitch. Theirs is superb and ours is not so. Tonight, we were lucky. They had chances they didn’t score.

“We made mistakes and kept losing the ball when we were in possession but then we were lucky with the corner and snatched the draw.”

Ahead of their trip to Prague, Arsenal are in Premier League action this Sunday, taking on Sheffield United.

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