Arsenal vs Slavia Prague LIVE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang DROPPED by Mikel Arteta for Europa League quarter-final clash as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe return to face Czech side who have beaten Rangers and Leicester
- Arsenal host Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals – KO is at 8pm
- Mikel Arteta’s side will be desperate to take a lead to the Czech Republic
- Latest Europa League news, including fixtures and results
- What progress have Arsenal made in Mikel Arteta’s 50 games in charge?
Arsenal host Slavia Prague at the Emirates Stadium in their Europa League quarter-final first-leg tonight as the Gunners bid to reach the final four.
Mikel Arteta’s side have progressed to the last-eight by the skin of their teeth, after nervy knockout-round wins against Benfica and Olympiacos.
Slavia Prague, meanwhile, beat Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in the last-16, but will be without defender Ondrej Kudela tonight after he was handed a provisional one-match ban after being accused of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara last month.
Sportsmail’s KISHAN VAGHELA will provide live coverage of Arsenal vs Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals, including build-up, team news and in-game updates.
Tonight may well be used as part of the data from those collecting data, but the jury remains out on the job Mikel Arteta has done.
Yes, an FA Cup win has come under his reign but the Gunners’ only chance of getting back into Europe next season seems through this competition.
So has Arteta really improved things given their league struggles?
Another player who has had limited opportunities but starts tonight is the Brazilian, and he had a rather important message to deliver in his press conference.
A big call from Mikel Arteta, as captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drops to the bench.
Smith Rowe, Saka and Xhaka all return from injury, while Odegaard misses out with injury.
There’s also a first senior call-up for Joel Lopez, having impressed with the U23s.
The only chance Arsenal have of winning any silverware this season is through the Europa League, and the next step on that journey is against a tricky Slavia Prague side.
They have already eliminated Rangers and Leicester, but will now be looking for the biggest scalp of all so far with the Gunners.
Join me as we have a look at what this Europa League quarter-final first leg in north London has in store.
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