UEFA Europa League

Slavia Prague 0-4 Arsenal (Agg: 1-5): Gunners cruise into Europa League semi-finals

Arsenal win 4-0 at Slavia Prague to progress to the Europa League semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate; Alexandre Lacazette scores in each half, including a penalty, with Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka also on target; Gunners will now face Villarreal in the last four

Arsenal will now face Villarreal and their former manager Unai Emery in the semi-finals, with the first leg in Spain on April 29, before the return leg at the Emirates on May 6.

Slavia Prague: Kolar (6), Bah (6), Holes (6), Zima (6), Boril (6), Hromada (6), Stanciu (6), Provod (7), Olayinka (7), Kuchta (6), Sevcik (6)

Subs: Tecl (6), Masopust (6), Lingr (6), Visinsky (6), Dorley (6)
Arsenal: Leno (6), Chambers (7), Holding (7), Mari (7), Saka (8), Xhaka (7), Partey (7), Ceballos (7), Smith Rowe (9), Pepe (7), Lacazette (7)

Subs: Cedric (6), Elneny (6), Martinelli (6), Nketiah (6), Balogun (6)

Man of the match: Emile Smith Rowe

End of Slavia’s unbeaten home run – Opta stats

  • Slavia Prague suffered their first home defeat in their last seven European games (W3 D3), conceding more goals in this game (4) than in the previous six on home soil (3).
  • Arsenal have reached the semi-finals of European competition for the 10th time (including Fairs Cup), with the Gunners getting to the last four in three of their four UEFA Europa League campaigns.
  • Arsenal have scored 3+ goals in four consecutive away games in all competitions for the first time since December 1932 (5 games).
  • Arsenal kept a clean sheet in a European game for the first time in eight games, since a 3-0 away win over Molde in the UEFA Europa League in November 2020.
  • Nicolas Pépé has been directly involved in nine goals in his 10 starts for Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League (4 goals, 5 assists).
  • Emile Smith Rowe registered his seventh assist in all competitions this season, the joint-most of any Arsenal player in 2020-21 (level with Willian).
  • Only Radamel Falcao (20) and Kevin Gameiro (19) have scored more UEFA Europa League knockout stage goals than Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette (18).
  • Alexandre Lacazette has scored 2+ goals in consecutive games in all competitions for the first time for any club since his last three appearances for Lyon in May 2017.
  • With four goals to his name, Bukayo Saka is now Arsenal’s joint-top teenage scorer in major European competition, level with Charlie George and Ray Kennedy.


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