A damaging home loss to the Reds, who are hardly in the greatest shape themselves, was another low mark of Mikel Arteta’s reign, but the Europa League is certainly the Gunners’ focus for the remainder of the season.
Slavia Prague dispatched Rangers in the previous round and Arsenal will do well to not underestimate them.
Date, time and venue
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Saturday, April 8, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Emirates Stadium.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
Kieran Tierney has been ruled out of both legs after suffering a knee injury, and could get remain on the sidelines for longer. David Luiz has undergone surgery and is also set for a spell out.
Emile Smith Rowe, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka will all be assessed.
Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela has been banned for one game following his involvement in a racism row during the win over Rangers in the previous round.
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.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
- Arsenal wins: 1
- Draws: 1
- Slavia Prague: 0
Betting odds and tips (subject to change)
- Arsenal: 8/15
- Draw: 16/5
- Slavia Prague: 5/1