Arsenal cruised to victory of their Europa League quarter-final towards Slavia Prague to arrange a reunion with former supervisor Unai Emery within the ultimate 4.
Any worries Gunners followers had going into the second leg have been quickly put to mattress thanks to a few fast first-half targets from Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka.
It was a marked distinction to the primary leg, that ended 1-1 on the Emirates, as they eased to a 5-1 combination win with Lacazette grabbing his second within the second half.
Their path to the ultimate entails a conflict towards Emery’s Villarreal within the semi-final.
The Czech aspect had very a lot been within the headlines within the lead as much as the sport after defender Ondrej Kudela was slapped with a ten recreation ban for racially abusing Rangers star Glen Kamara.
The Slavia gamers didn’t take the knee earlier than the sport, as an alternative selecting across the centre circle. Arsenal striker Lacazette defiantly stared down his opponents earlier than kick-off.
Arsenal thought they’d grabbed an early away purpose, just for Smith Rowe to have the trouble dominated out for offside by VAR.
Bukayo Saka minimize in from the correct and noticed his shot turned towards the put up with Smith Rowe readily available to tuck within the rebound, however a prolonged overview struck off the purpose.
Moments after the restart the guests acquired their a lot deserved purpose.
Smith Rowe slid in a cross to Nicolas Pepe, who held off a defender and squeezed within the opener.
Arsenal turned the tie nicely of their favour by including a second purpose three minutes later.
Jakub Hromada fouled Saka within the field and Alexandre Lacazette made no mistake in changing the ensuing penalty.
Slavia have been clearly rocked and Arsenal prolonged their lead additional nonetheless with solely 24 minutes on the clock.
Saka, as he had within the lead as much as Smith Rowe’s earlier offside effort, minimize in and this time despatched his shot into the close to put up to place the Gunners 3-Zero forward on the evening.
The second half was a change of tempo from the primary with Slavia bringing on 4 gamers on the break within the hope of turning issues round.
Arsenal performed a wise recreation, retaining the ball whereas additionally creating possibilities.
They fully killed off the tie with a bit of below 15 minutes remaining, Lacazette choosing up a cross from Pepe earlier than exhibiting effective composure and tucking away his second of the night, placing the guests 5-1 forward on combination.
A gathering with Villarreal awaits within the subsequent spherical the place they’ll face their former supervisor for a spot within the ultimate.