Arsenal beats Slavia Prague four goals to nil


Arsenal turned on the style with three goals in six first-half minutes to beat Slavia Prague 4-0 and progress through 5-1 on total, setting up a get-together with Unai Emery's Villarreal in the semi-finals. 

Various scorned freedoms caused issues down the road for Arsenal in a week ago's opposite installation as Tomas Holes scored late on to offset Nicolas Pepe's opener in a 1-1 draw. 

Yet, the Gunners were at their productive best before an inadequate group on Thursday, totally clearing out Slavia's away-objectives advantage through strikes from Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka inside 24 minutes. 

Slavia had gone 23 games without rout in all rivalries and last lost at home in November 2019, yet there was no indication of a rebound as Lacazette added a late fourth for Arsenal to seal a vehement triumph. 

Emile Smith Rowe thought he had given Arsenal the lead on the night from the get-go when tapping in after Saka's curling iron was moved onto the post by Ondrej Kolar and fell into his way. 

The objective was precluded for offside after a protracted VAR check, yet Smith Rowe played in Pepe a moment later and the winger coolly opened past Kolar for the guests' opener. 

A second away objective followed from the punishment spot three minutes after the fact, Lacazette sending the guardian the incorrect route after Jakub Hromada cut down the vivacious Saka. 

Stockpile gave no indications of easing back as Saka conveyed the ball inside from the privilege and penetrated a left-footed completion into the base right corner from 18 yards, with Kolar frozen in place. 

That left Slavia requiring four objectives to progress however the Czech heroes, who took out Leicester City and Rangers in transit to this stage, battled to summon a reaction. 

Lacazette had a punishment offer dismissed when going down in the case however the Frenchman had the last chuckle when tracking down the close to post to adjust a counter a short ways from time, sending Arsenal through with negligible quarrel.

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