Europa Cup:Nigerian-born Saka on target,as Arsenal demolished Slavia Prague 4nil to qualify for semi-finals
Europa League quarter-final second leg, Sinobo Stadium – Slavia Prague 0 Arsenal 4 (Pepe 18′, Lacazette 21′ pen., 77′, Saka 24′). Arsenal win 5-1 on aggregate.
By Our Sports Desk
Arsenal demolished Slavia Prague away 4-0 at the Sinobo Stadium to book their place in the Europa League semi-finals in style.
The match had all the media hype,and was set to be an incredibly tough fixture for Arsenal with the Czech side unbeaten in 31 home matches, so the odds looked stacked against the Londoners.
And it looked like it wasn’t going to be their night after Emile Smith-Rowe saw an early goal chalked off for offside by VAR. But the disallowed goal spurred Arsenal on, and three minutes later, they had the ball in the back of the net.
Smith-Rowe this time turned provider as he produced some neat footwork to embarrass the Slavia Prague defence before slipping Nicolas Pepe in, who squeezed the ball past Ondrej Kolar’s near post.
And the Arsenal faithful didn’t have to wait long for their second of the night. Bukayo Saka was brought down inside the box by Jakub Hromada and the penalty was given. Up stepped Alexandre Lacazette, who coolly slotted the ball into the net.
The two goal lead then became three, when Saka fired a low left footed shot from the edge of put the game well beyond the stunned home side.
At half-time, Jindřich Trpišovský made a host of changes to the Slavia Prague line up to sure-up their defence. But it didn’t stop Lacazette, who grabbed his second of the evening, with a composed finish inside the box.
Next up for Slavia Prague is an away trip to sixth-placed Liberec in the league, while the Gunners host relegation threatened Fulham, who are desperate for points.