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Nevertheless, they are clear 11/20 (1.55) favourites with bet365 to put themselves on top in this tie with a fifth win in five Europa League matches at home this season.
Arsenal will endeavour to get back on track in the Europa League when they welcome Slavia Prague to the Emirates Stadium for the first leg of their quarter-final clash on Thursday evening.
The Gunners scraped a 3-2 aggregate victory over Olympiacos to book their spot in the last eight, whereas Slavia Prague dumped Rangers out of the tournament, but that tie was overshadowed by controversy.
The only previous matches between Arsenal and Slavia Prague in European competition were in the group stages of the 2007-08 Champions League – Arsenal won 7-0 at home before drawing 0-0 away.
In all European competition Arsenal are unbeaten against Czech opposition (W7 D1 L0), keeping seven clean sheets in eight matches.
Slavia Prague will become the first team to face three British opponents (Leicester, Rangers and Arsenal) in the knockout rounds of a European competition since AC Milan in the 2006-07 Champions League (Celtic, Man Utd and Liverpool).
This is Arsenal’s 16th quarter-final tie in major European competition, progressing from nine of the previous 15.
Fifteen different players have scored for Arsenal in the Europa League this season (own goals excluded).
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague Team News
Arsenal trio Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are all back in training following injury, although Kieran Tierney and David Luiz are both ruled out.
Ondrej Kudela has been suspended as UEFA investigate his alleged racist abuse of Rangers’ Glen Kamara, while Ondrej Kolar and David Hovorka are both injured and Ibrahim Traore doubtful.
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After scoring 14 goals in their first four home matches in this season’s Europa League, Mikel Arteta’s men seemed to lose their cutting edge in a 1-0 defeat at home to Olympiakos last time out.
Having also looked completely bereft of attacking impetus in their subsequent home match against Liverpool at the weekend, they will be concerned about the prospect of taking on a Czech side that has proved a tough nut to crack in the knockout stages.
Indeed, Slavia conceded just a single goal in four fixtures against Leicester and Rangers, keeping a clean sheet in both away legs.
Arsenal’s bid to reach a second UEFA Europa League final in three seasons continues against a Slavia Praha side who have already eliminated two other British clubs on their way to the quarter-finals.
• Arsenal claimed maximum points in the autumn from UEFA Europa League Group B, doing the double over Rapid Wien, Dundalk and fellow qualifiers Molde while scoring 20 goals – the most ever by an English team in a UEFA Europa League group – before edging out Benfica in the round of 32 (1-1 a, 3-2 h) and Olympiacos in the round of 16 (3-1 a, 0-1 h).