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Arsenal thrash Slavia Prague to reach Europa League semis.

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Arsenal, surprisingly held to a 1-1 home draw by the Czech champions, signaled their intent from the start as they pressed forward to create chances while Slavia struggled to move the ball out of their own half and rarely threatened in attack.

Arsenal cruised past Slavia Prague 4-0 to book a Europa League semi-final spot on Thursday after they struck three quick-fire goals in seven first-half minutes to advance 5-1 on aggregate.

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice, including a penalty, while Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka also found the net in the quarter-final second leg to set up a last-four clash with Villarreal.

Arsenal, surprisingly held to a 1-1 home draw by the Czech champions, signaled their intent from the start as they pressed forward to create chances while Slavia struggled to move the ball out of their own half and rarely threatened in attack.

“I feel like in the first leg we played really well but didn’t take our chances,” Arsenal’s Saka told BT Sport. “The way we pressed, they couldn’t get out and the control we had over the game, the movement, the rotations, they couldn’t stop us.”

The visitors opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Pepe drove a shot home from a pass by Emile Smith-Rowe, who had a goal disallowed for offside minutes earlier after a VAR review.

 

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