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Arsenal will now turn their attentions back to the Premier League, as they face Fulham at the weekend. Whilst Slavia Prague face Liberec in the Czech First League next time out.
Arsenal comfortably see off Slavia Prague to set up a meeting with Villarreal and former manager Unai Emery in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Nearly all of the action came in the first half, with three goals in the space of six minutes from Pepe, Lacazette and Saka firing them into a comfortable lead at the break, before Lacazette grabbed a second on 77 minutes, to make it four on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME: SPARTA PRAGUE 0-4 ARSENAL (1-5 ON AGGREGATE)
There will be a minimum of one minute added time played at the end of the second half.
Final change for Arsenal late on, with Pepe replaced by Balogun.
CLOSE! Lovely play by Martinelli down the left wing, he sprints inside and tries to curl the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. However, he just gets slightly too much on it and it flies narrowly past the post.
Xhaka has taken over the Arsenal armband now that Lacazette has come off the pitch and he has also moved back into his more natural midfield role.
Martinelli has been booked for simulation, as he tries to win a free-kick following a challenge on Masopust on the halfway line.
We're into the final 10 minutes of the game now and the visitors are cruising to victory. Leno hasn't had a single save to make throughout the game.
There will be no hat-trick for Lacazette as he is replaced by Nketiah.
Partey is also coming off and Cedric is his replacement.
Arsenal make a triple substitution now, with Saka one of those coming off and he has been replaced by Martinelli.
Pepe has been excellent down the left wing for Arsenal today and he superbly picks out Lacazette there, drilling the ball into his team-mates path, who made no mistakes with the finish.
GOAL! Arsenal make it 4-0! Lacazette adds his second of the game and makes it 5-1 on aggregate! A lovely quick counter by Arsenal, with Saka finding Pepe down the right wing, he squares it to Lacazette in the box, who has time and space to control it and then fire it into the back of the net, with Kolar having no chance of saving it.
Dinamo Zagreb have pulled a goal back in Spain against Villarreal, but it is the Spanish side who still lead 3-1 on aggregate.
The pace of the game is quite slow, with neither team pushing forward in search of a goal. Arsenal look set to wrap up a comfortable victory after a busy first half.
The hosts have made another change, with Kuchta the man heading off the pitch and he has been replaced by Tecl.
Prior to this game Slavia had lost just one of their last 10 European games (W6 D3), after losing six of their eight before that (incl. qualifiers).
E. Smith Rowe
Arsenal have now made their first substitution of the game, with Smith Rowe the man coming off and he has been replaced by Elneny.
Winning the Europa League may be Arsenal's only chance of guaranteeing European football next season, as they are currently ninth in the Premier League table.
Olayinka has been booked after there is a coming together with a few players from both sides after a poor challenge from Xhaka on Kuchta. The striker reacts badly and is shown a yellow card for dissent.
Arsenal win a free-kick down the right wing after Sevcik fouls Smith Rowe and Pepe whips it into the box, but Slavia defend it well and clear the danger.
It could be a long game for these Slavia players, there is still half an hour left and they are showing no signs of getting back into the game. Arsenal look very comfortable.
CHANCE! Lacazette has a great chance to make it four! The striker is played through on goal down the left after a quick counter by the visitors and he shapes to shoot, but dummies and cuts it back onto his right. However, he loses his footing and goes down under pressure. Nothing given by the referee.
The hosts win a free-kick midway into the Arsenal half and the set piece is delivered into the box and met by the head of Olayinka. However, his header flies well over the Arsenal goal.
The hosts don't seem to be trying particularly hard to pull a goal back, they seem to be accepting defeat here, I'm sure to the disappointment of their supporters.
Arsenal are without a clean sheet in their last seven games in European competition, their longest run without a shutout since September 2017 – they last went eight without a clean sheet in Europe in a run of 15 ending in March 2002.
As it stands Arsenal will play Villarreal in the semi-finals, as they are currently beating Dinamo Zagreb 2-0, which makes it 3-0 on aggregate. This will set up a meeting with former Gunners boss Unai Emery.
Will the Slavia half-time substitutes be able to make the difference? Arsenal are dominating once again and look eager to score a few more.
The second half is under way!
Stanciu also heads off and Lingr is his replacement.
Hromada was booked in the first half, so he comes off and he has been replaced by Masopust.
Another change by the hosts sees Bah replaced by Visinsky.
Slavia have made four substitutions ahead of the second half, with Boril one of those coming off and he has been replaced by Dorley.
Surely Arsenal have done enough to secure their passage now, with Slavia having to score four goals in order to progress and so far they haven't tested Leno at all.
Arsenal are cruising through to the semi-finals of the Europa League, after three goals in the space of six minutes have put them 3-0 ahead and this makes it 4-1 on aggregate. Smith Rowe had an earlier goal ruled out for offside, but just a minute later Pepe opened the scoring. Lacazette then doubled their lead from the penalty spot, before Saka made it three on 24 minutes.
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HALF-TIME: SPARTA PRAGUE 0-3 ARSENAL (1-4 ON AGGREGATE)
There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played at the end of the first half.
Arsenal are still trying to break forward with pace and numbers when they can and they are finding plenty of space in behind in order to do so.
There’s not long left to play before the end of the first half, can Arsenal get another goal before the half-time whistle?
Arsenal are keeping the ball very nicely in midfield, they are full of confidence and look very content. The hosts just don't have the answers for them at the moment.
Wild effort! Long ball over the top for Olayinka to run onto, he backheels it from the byline to Bah and he fires a powerful strike towards goal. However, he gets it all wrong and it flies high over the Arsenal goal.
It looks like Xhaka is playing at left-back again for Arsenal, just as he did against Sheffield United, when he wasn't tested. This could be an area that the hosts try to exploit.
PENALTY SHOUT! Holding goes to fire an effort towards goal after Slavia fail to deal with a corner and the centre-back picks up the loose ball. However, just as he goes to shoot, a Slavia defender gets in his way and Holding strikes his leg. Nothing given and it would have been a harsh one.
Despite Slavia now needing to score four goals, they aren't throwing players forward in search of one so far. A lot of their passes are either sideways or backwards.
The locals had been very vocal in the stands, but the three Arsenal goals have knocked them off their stride. Can Slavia pull one back before the break?
The hosts look stunned by what has happened in the opening period of the game, they seemed so confident prior to the disallowed goal and since then it has been all Arsenal.
On the last eight occasions where Arsenal drew the first leg of a two-legged European knockout tie, the Gunners progressed to the next round just four times, while they have been eliminated the last three times they drew a first leg at home.
The goal is all about the brilliance from Saka down the right wing, but it was Chambers who spotted the run of his team-mate and he easily picked him out.
GOAL! Arsenal have a third! Saka once again sprints through the Slavia defence down the right wing, he then cuts inside onto his left foot and drills the ball straight into the bottom right corner of the net. Kolar couldn't get anywhere near it. Surely that is game over!
These two goals, now mean that Arsenal are 3-1 up on aggregate and Slavia now need to score three in order to win the game.
GOAL! Arsenal double their lead from the penalty spot, it's 2-0! Lacazette steps up to take the spot-kick, after Saka was brought down by Hromada. The Arsenal skipper shows great composure to send Kolar the wrong way and slide the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.
Hromada is booked for his foul on Saka, that hands Arsenal a penalty and the opportunity to make it 2-0.
ARSENAL PENALTY! What a start by Arsenal, they are flying now and a second away goal would be massive for them. The Gunners counter quickly and catch Slavia out at the back, Saka takes on Hromada and the midfielder clatters into him. The referee immediately points to the spot.
E. Smith Rowe
Smith Rowe has soon forgotten about his disallowed goal a few moments ago, as he superbly sets up Pepe for the opening goal. The Slavia defenders thought he was going to shoot, so put him under a lot of pressure, but instead he flicks it out to Pepe, who makes no mistakes with a great finish.
GOAL! This time the goal will stand, Arsenal make it 1-0! Brilliant play by Smith Rowe on the edge of the box, he tries to work space for a shot himself, but can’t find a way through, so instead he flicks it out wide to Pepe. The winger sprints towards the keeper and could have gone down under pressure, but instead he coolly chips it over Kolar and into the back of the net.
GOAL RULED OUT! The opening goal by Arsenal is disallowed after a long VAR review, it deems that Smith Rowe was offside has the shot came in from Saka. So it remains 0-0 on the night.
There will be a VAR check on the goal, as Smith Rowe had a couple of glances towards the linesman to see if he was onside or not and it VAR are going to take a look at this. It looks very tight.
GOAL! Arsenal take the lead, Smith Rowe fires them ahead, it’s 1-0! It comes from their first attack of the game, with Saka getting forward down the right wing, he then cuts inside onto his left foot and fires a curling shot towards the bottom left corner of the net. However, the Slavia keeper makes a superb save, tipping it onto the post. Fortunately for Arsenal, it falls straight into the path of Smith Rowe, who has a tap-in from just a few yards out. However, there is a question of offside, so we'll have to wait and see.
There isn't much attacking intent by either side at the moment, it is the hosts who are seeing more of the ball, but Arsenal aren't pressuring them high up the pitch in an attempt to win it back quickly.
Slavia Prague have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six home games in European competition, conceding just three goals in total in this run.
Slavia look pretty comfortable in possession at the moment, they hold the advantage due to away goals, so if it remained goalless here, they would progress. Arsenal have to push forward at some point and score.
Almost! Really good move by Arsenal down the left wing and Pepe sprints foward, takes on his marker and then squares it to Ceballos, who shapes to fire an effort towards goal. However, Slavia get players back in time and nick the ball off his toes.
It is now Slavia who are keeping the ball nicely in midfield, they are keeping Arsenal inside their own half, soaking up the pressure. An early goal would be massive here.
Arsenal win an early corner here, after the visitors press forward quickly and Pepe's cross is blocked behind for a set piece. However, the hosts comfortably clear the danger.
We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!
Meanwhile Mikel Arteta has made just one changes to his side, with Martinelli dropping down to the bench after he picked up a slight knock at the weekend. Smith Rowe replaces him in the starting XI.
The hosts have made four changes to their starting line-up, with Kacharaba, Dorley, Masopust and Lingr all dropping out of the team, with Bah, Sevcik, Hromada and Olayinka coming into the side.
ARSENAL SUBS: Mat Ryan, James Hillson, Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny, Miguel Azeez, Reiss Nelson, Willian, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Folarin Balogun.
ARSENAL (3-5-2): Bernd Leno: Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari; Emile Smith Rowe, Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka; Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette.
SLAVIA PRAGUE SUBS: Ondrej Lingr, Premysl Kovar, Ibrahim Benjamin Traore, Lukas Masopust, Denis Visinsky, Stanislav Tecl, Jan Stejskal, Oscar Dorley, Abdallah Dipo Sima.
SLAVIA PRAGUE (4-5-1): Ondrej Kolar; Alexander Bah, Tomas Holes, David Zima, Jan Boril; Petr Sevcik, Nicolae Stanciu, Jakub Hromada, Lukas Provod, Peter Olayinka; Jan Kuchta.
Both teams come into this game on the back of league victories, with Arsenal beating Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League and Slavia Prague winning 2-0 against Sparta Prague in the Czech First League.
It’s all the play for in this Europa League second leg, after the first ended 1-1 at the Emirates, following a 93rd minute equaliser by Slavia, after the Gunners had opened the scoring on 86 minutes through Pepe.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Europa League quarter-final clash between Slavia Prague and Arsenal.