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It wasn’t the ideal result for Arsenal in the opening leg as they failed to take their chances to put the game to bed and in typical fashion switched off to allow an equaliser to be scored in the dying minutes of the game.
Slavia Praha will be happy to get an away goal in that opening leg and having followed that up with a victory over second-place Sparta Praha in their domestic Czech League at the weekend, they’ll put everything they have into this encounter.
They’ve won an impressive eight of their last 13 unbeaten outings since their two legs in the last 32 against Leicester City, winning that 2-0 on aggregate, while that run of fixtures also including a 3-1 aggregate scoreline over Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, so this will be an extremely tough place for the Gunners to travel to.
Mikel Arteta’s men got back on track at the weekend with their first win in five games against the Premier League’s rock bottom outfit Sheffield Utd by a convincing three-goal margin, which also saw them keep their first clean sheet in 15 games since January.
That’s also now three wins from their last six games away from the Emirates and they’ll at least have some sort of confidence heading into this one.
Slavia Praha have thwarted all of Leverkusen (1-0), Nice (3-2) Hapoel Be’er Sheva (3-0), Leicester (0-0) and Rangers (1-1) so far at Sinobo Stadium in Europe. Furthermore, they remain unbeaten this term on home turf across all competitions, winning 17 of their 21 outings.
That does make it hard to make a case for Arsenal to be odds-on favourites, even if the level of opposition hasn’t all been of top quality.
First Half Draw
The English outfit look set to rely on their youngsters for this tie. That has been a recurring theme this year for the North London outfit, and with Gabriel Martinelli scoring on just his fourth start this season, he’ll hope he’s done enough to earn a spot in the starting team.
Captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang remains a doubt through illness, but he’d be hard pushed to make the starting team on his current form anyway, and that shouldn’t make too much difference.
For a betting angle, the first half stalemate looks on the big side. The team from Prague have been level at the break in four of their six unbeaten halves of European football on home turf when including their play-off fixture against Midtjylland this term, while the Gunners have done so in seven of their 11 European fixtures at all venues.