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ARSENAL 1:1 SLAVIA PRAGUE

Slavia Prague scored a dramatic stoppage time equalizer to leave Arsenal’s Europa League ambitions hanging in the balance.

Arsenal versus Slavbia Prague Europa League quarter final match ended in a stalemate as Tomas Holes headed home in the dying moments of the game to cancel out Nicolas Pepe’s opening goal in the 86th minutes as the Gunners thought they had won the match.

The second leg in Prague takes place next Thursday.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, despite his side conceding so late, still believes they will progress to the semi-finals.

“The mindset has to be to go there and score goals and win the game because we have to score if we want to go through,” said the Spaniard.

“I totally believe that we can go there and win the match, if not I wouldn’t be sitting here.”

When asked how Aubameyang felt after being dropped, Arteta responded “Well, I cannot talk with everybody individually every week.

“We try to be transparent and communicate with the players as transparent as possible, for them to understand the role of the game that they have. When he came on he showed the right attitude.”

Arsenal have scored 28 goals in the Europa League in 2020-21

Aubameyang, who has 13 league and cup goals for his club this season but none since 6 March, cut a frustrated figure as he watched Willian, from a free-kick, clip the outside of the post before Alexandre Lacazette raced through, only to hit the bar.

Aubameyang was finally sent on after 78 minutes and made an impact as his pass allowed club-record £72m signing Pepe to race into the box and produce a composed finish past keeper Ondrej Kolar.

But Arsenal failed to see the game out and Holes’ back-post header means Arteta’s side have it all to do against the 2019-20 Czech champions in a week’s time.

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