Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, 9th in the Premier, has their only hope in the Europa League to play the next Champions League. In Prague awaits him this Thursday a Slavia who dreams of reaching “semis”, like 25 years ago, and who has the last minute dismissal of Ondrej Kudela due to suspension for racist insults. In addition, many players on the Czech team have physical problems. Slavia have already eliminated Leicester and Rangers. Arsenal, with the doubts of Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, hope to have the luck that they lacked in the first leg.
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta refused on Wednesday to consider the possibility of not playing in Europe next season and asked his players to create “magic moments” this Thursday in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final. against Slavia Prague.
The ‘gunners’ were surprised at the Emirates by the Czech team, which took 1-1. Arteta said Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are ready for the Slavia match, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard are doubtful.
“In great games, great players have to step in and create magical moments. So hopefully we can have them. It doesn’t matter who it is, veterans, young people, but someone has to create them when the team needs those moments, ”said Arteta.
Arteta, questioned about Arsenal’s track record in this Premier, said his team needs to start delivering positive results on the pitch to silence critics. “The results are the only important thing to have the perception that we are moving in the right direction,” said Arteta.
Eden Prague, 21.00 (Movistar Champions League 2)
Slavia: Kolar; Boril, Zima, Holes, Bah; Hromada, Oscar, Stanciu, Provod, Olayinka; Chasm
Trainer: Jindrich Trpisovsky
Arsenal: Leno; Soares, Gabriel, Holding, Bellerín; Xhaka, Thomas, Smith Rowe; Saka, Willian and Lacazette
Coach: Mikel Arteta
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (Turkey)