All eyes will be on Emirates Stadium when Arsenal and Slavia Prague take on each other in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. The Gunners aim to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Liverpool, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Czech champions.
The hosts, though, head into the match with a severely-weakened squad as left-back Tierney has joined the likes of Luiz, Saka, Smith Rowe, and Xhaka in the recovery room. Slavia Prague, on the other hand, are on the right track to defend the domestic trophy. Boss Jindrich Trpisovsky rested several first-team regulars in a goalless draw with Brno, but he is likely to field the best possible side against Arsenal.
Arsenal come into this game on the back of a 3-0 loss to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool last Sunday in the English Premier League. A second-half brace from Portuguese forward Diogo Jota and a goal from Egypt international Mohamed Salah sealed the deal for Liverpool.
Arteta also witnessed his side come up short in the second leg against Olympiacos in the last-16 stage, but that triumphant night in Athens proved to be the difference as Arsenal kept their season alive, and the Europa League is certainly now the Gunners' best bet for another season on the continental stage given their woeful Premier League fortunes.
While Arsenal managed to avoid some of the remaining big boys in the quarter-final draw, they cannot expect to enjoy a quiet evening against the Czech giants, especially now that they have gone 13 games without a clean sheet in all competitions since drawing 0-0 with Manchester United on January 30.
However, their 1-0 loss to Olympiacos last time out represented the first time in 26 Europa League matches that they had failed to find the back of the net - a run stretching all the way back to February 2019, when they lost by the same scoreline to BATE Borisov - but a spot in the semi-finals is hardly guaranteed against an in-form Slavia outfit.