Arsenal 1-1 Slavia Prague: This team called Arsenal - Europa League match report
|Nicolas Pepe looped one over the goalkeeper to get Arsenal in front but a late surge earned a point for the visitors at the Emirates. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
“Clear the f***ing ball” Granit Xhaka screamed at full time but it sums up the night tells of Arsenal’s embarrassing frailties at the back and the team’s weakness.
Tomas Holes headed a stoppage-time Slavia Prague secured a 1-1 draw away to the Emirates in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal on Thursday.
It looked as though substitute Nicolas Pepe’s 86th-minute effort had given the hosts a narrow advantage to take to the Czech Republic for next week's second leg but defender Holes forced a header past Bernd Arsenal and keep the tie balanced on a knife edge.
Willian and Alexander Lacazette were both denied by the woodwork for Mikel Arteta's side after the break.
After a period of Slavia possession Arsenal broke forward and Lacazette had the freedom of the pitch to run into, but with only keeper Ondrej Kolar to beat he hoisted his shot against the crossbar when it looked easier to score.