ARSENAL dusted off the cobwebs to blow away Slavia Prague and book their place in the Europa League semis.
Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal beat Slavia Prague 4-0 on the nightCredit: EPA
Arsenal’s 5-1 aggregate victory means they will face old boss Unai Emery and Villarreal for a place in this year’s final.
But who was the top Gunner for Mikel Arteta tonight? Here, SunSport’s Anthony Chapman deliver his Arsenal player ratings…
BERND LENO – 7
Didn’t have an awful lot to do with Slavia failing to create opportunities.
But there was none of the usual nervousness when Leno did touch the ball as he radiated confidence between the sticks.
CALUM CHAMBERS – 8
Was both a commanding presence and a serious threat going forward.
Proved his worth driving into space before picking out Saka with a great pass as the winger went on to score.
Calum Chambers was impressive in defence and also going forwardCredit: AFP
ROB HOLDING – 7
Must surely be Arsenal’s No1 centre-back as he led from the back.
He organised his backline well and made sure the ball was cleared well to safety any time it came into Arsenal’s penalty area.
PABLO MARI – 7
This may have been his first European knockout game but the Spaniard was well suited to the big stage.
He barely gave the Slavia forwards a sniff and showed good composure on the ball throughout.
GRANIT XHAKA – 8
Makeshift left-back tonight but looked like he played there his entire career.
A true technician at work, Xhaka’s passes were clean and tidy as he also locked down any attacking threat from Slavia’s right flank.
Granit Xhaka looked at home as a makeshift left-backCredit: Reuters
THOMAS PARTEY – 7
Brought an imposing presence to midfield and showed why Arsenal splashed the cash on him last year.
Was here, there and everywhere in a bid to support both his defenders and attackers.
DANI CEBALLOS – 7
Always looked to push up the pitch but provided steel in deeper areas when required.
Could be relied upon to drag the ball out of close quarters and set Arsenal’s flying forwards on their way.
BUKAYO SAKA – 9
Has gained a reputation as a livewire and lived up to that with another electric performance as he won the penalty to make 2-0.
Saka then smashed in a gorgeous long-ranger for 3-0 after some great link-up play with Chambers.
Bukayo Saka was a non-stop threat for Arsenal going forwardCredit: EPA
EMILE SMITH ROWE – 9
Showed good awareness to pounce on Saka’s shot – which hit the post – to fire Arsenal ahead after 14 minutes before the goal was ruled out by VAR.
Bounced back immediately to tee up Pepe moments later.
NICOLAS PEPE – 8
Tricky and physical, Pepe gave Arsenal the lead proper by showing some clever feet in the Slavia box before firing home.
Driving in from the left, on his left foot, put Slavia’s defenders on the back foot immediately and helped create space in the box for others.
ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE – 9
Cool and composed leading the line, he constantly dropped deep and fired Arsenal 2-0 up with a cheeky penalty in the 20th minute before a clinical finish for a second goal later on.
Always available for a one-two and has brought back the fear factor to the team’s striker position.
Emile Smith Rowe had a great game linking up with his fellow forwardsCredit: Reuters
MO ELNENY (for Smith Rowe, 66’) – 6
Off bench to shore things up in midfield and helped take further sting out of Slavia’s flat attacks.
GABRIEL MARTINELLI ( for Saka, 78’) – N/A
EDDIE NKETIAH (for Lacazette, 78’) – N/A
CEDRIC (for Partey, 78’) – N/A
FOLARIN BALOGUN (for Pepe, 88′) – N/A
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