Winning this competition is likely to offer Arsenal’s only plausible route back into the Champions League next season, unless they can somehow overhaul a 10-point gap to the Premier League’s top four with only eight matches left to play this term.
Arteta apologised to Gunners fans after Saturday’s listless 3-0 defeat by Liverpool – arguably the worst performance of his mixed tenure to date – and will be demanding a swift response at Emirates Stadium this evening.
Looking to pile on the misery in north London is a Slavia Prague team that have already eliminated Leicester and Rangers from the Europa League this term.
The Czech First League leaders will not have fond memories of their only previous visit to N7, when they were demolished 7-0 in a Champions League group stage fixture back in 2007.
Follow LIVE Arsenal vs Slavia Prague updates with Standard Sport’s blog below.
Standard Sport prediction
Arsenal 1-0 Slavia Prague
Arsenal produced, arguably, their worst performance under Mikel Arteta as they went down 3-0 at home to an otherwise struggling Liverpool last time out, and will have had their confidence shook.
There can be no room for mistakes in the Europa League knockout stages, and Kieran Tierney’s absence is a huge blow, but the Gunners should have enough to eek out a first-leg advantage.
Arsenal team news
Arsenal look set to welcome back Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka and Emile Smith Rowe tonight after the trio all trained in the aftermath of missing Saturday’s woeful defeat against Liverpool.
However, David Luiz is recuperating after a minor knee procedure and, most significantly, Kieran Tierney is set to miss around six weeks with his own knee injury suffered at the weekend.
Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard is doubtful tonight with an ankle problem.
How to watch Arsenal vs Slavia Prague
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 7:15pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
Date, time and venue
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off tonight – Thursday, April 8, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Emirates Stadium due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of the Europa League.
Here our focus will be on events at the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal host Slavia Prague in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.
Stay tuned for all the build-up, team news and live match updates!