Match preview for Arsenal vs SK Slavia Praha
Arsenal appeared to have turned a corner in recent weeks but their two performances either side of the international break mean they have plenty of concerns ahead of this crucial Europa League game. They found themselves three goals down against both West Ham United and Liverpool, and although they showed some resolve to earn a 3-3 draw against the Hammers, the tame nature of Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to the Reds has left manager Mikel Arteta with serious question marks about his team's appetite for the fight. The Gunners' hopes of European football next season appear to lie solely in them lifting the Europa League trophy, a competition in whcih they have previously seemed to save their best performances, winning their group with ease, and then overcoming Benfica and Olympiakos in the two previous knock-out rounds.
They will have their work cut out against a Slavia Prague side that is unbeaten in their last twent games (Won 16, Drawn 4), and hwo caught they in getting past british opposition in the two previous rounds, drawing both of their home legs, but then beating both leicester City and Glasgow Rangers 2-0 away from home. The fact that Arsenal lost their last home leg in this competiton 1-0 to Olympiakos must give the Czech team extra cause for optimism, and they will no doubt have taken note of the way that Liverpool tore them apart at the weekend.