On a night we simply had to win Arsenal produced a performance that will put a smile on Gooner faces across the globe. Lineup came out and I was surprised to see Xhaka start again at LB. I thought he'd slot Saka there and move Xhaka back into midfield, but again Xhaka produced a decent performance playing in an unfamiliar position.
I thought we a decent start to the game but really kicked on at around the 10min mark. We'd scored 3 goals in roughly 15 min by the 23rd minute. It just leaves every Arsenal fan wondering why they can't do this every game. Pepe opened the scoring smashing the ball into the net from close range
Smith-Rowe work in the build up for the goal was brilliant. How hes able to get out of a situation where hes surrounded by 5 players to release Pepe, is unreal. Not to mention that hes just got back in the team from injury. Lacazette scored a Penalty to make it 2-0. Saka made it 3-0 blasting the ball past the keeper from the edge of the box, after a brilliant run
Second half we came out and had a professional performance. We didn't allow Slavia to get in behind which I found to be particularly impressive considering the physical prowess of the back 4 that played today. Lacazette added a 4th and final goal to put a bow on a brilliant Arsenal performance
We go into the semi finals to play Unai Emery Villareal. This I think will be a tricky tie as Emery I'm sure is itching to stick it to us with how things transpired when he was our coach. We get a couple weeks off Europa wise and the first leg of the semi final is on April 29th away at Villareal. Lastly my well wishes to Auba whose battling Malaria