What a number!
What a number!
Mikel Arteta backs Arsenal’s players for taking knee before Slavia Prague win
The Gunners stormed to victory to set up a semi-final clash against Unai Emery’s Villarreal
Academy graduates Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both starred for the Gunners.
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been released from hospital after contracting malaria and is “feeling good”, according to Mikel Arteta. Aubameyang contracted malaria while playing for Gabon on international duty last month, when they beat DR Congo 3-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Following the international break, the 31-year-old returned to Arsenal and started the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Mikel Arteta has revealed his Arsenal players came to him before Thursday’s Europa League match with Slavia Prague to ensure they could take the knee before kick-off. Every team has been doing so in the Premier League, but in UEFA competitions it is left up to clubs to decide if they wish to do so, with Slavia Prague choosing to link arms in a show of support instead. Thursday’s game came just 24 hours after Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela was handed a 10-game ban by UEFA for racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.
Arsenal are riding high on the back of a massive European win as they look to pile the misery on Fulham when they meet in the Premier League on Sunday. The Gunners produced one of their best performances of the season to hammer Slavia Prague 4-0 and reach the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night. Fulham, meanwhile, are facing an increasingly desperate fight for Premier League survival, having lost their last four games on the spin.
Bukayo Saka dedicated Arsenal’s rampant win against Slavia Prague to their fans and said the Gunners have a great chance of going all the way and winning the Europa League. Saka starred as Arsenal thrashed Slavia 4-0 to progress 5-1 on aggregate and set up a semi-final meeting with former manager Unai Emery and his Villarreal side. “It was fantastic from start to finish,” Saka told BT Sport.
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Jose Mourinho says Tottenham would have to respect the UEFA Europa Conference League if they end up in the new competition next season. Spurs will be guaranteed a place in the play-off round of European football’s new tertiary club competition if they beat Manchester City in next week’s Carabao Cup Final. With City already guaranteed a Premier League top-six finish, if they retain the trophy on April 25 then the place in the Conference League will go to the next highest league finisher who does not qualify for the Champions League or Europa League – which could be Spurs.
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Edinson Cavani’s early strike and Jesus Vallejo’s late own goal earned the Red Devils a 2-0 second-leg win and a 4-0 aggregate victory.
Slavia Prague 0-4 Arsenal (1-5): Mikel Arteta’s side will face Unai Emery’s Villarreal in the last four
Just seven days ago the dark clouds were looming over Mikel Arteta and Arsenal after they drew the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final 1-1 with Slavia Prague at the Emirates Stadium. It left the Gunners needing a result in Prague against a Slavia side who - until tonight - had not lost at home this season. It was a brilliant performance from Arsenal and probably their best under Mikel Arteta this season given the stakes.
Edinson Cavani set Manchester United on course for a comfortable victory against Granada as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side reached the Europa League semi-finals for the second successive season. Marcus Rashford’s fine goal and a late Bruno Fernandes penalty in Spain last week put the Red Devils in control of the quarter-final tie heading into Thursday’s reverse fixture at an empty Old Trafford. United extinguished any hope of a remarkable Granada turnaround when veteran Cavani volleyed home in the sixth minute, with Jesus Vallejo’s late own goal wrapping up a 2-0 win on the night, 4-0 on aggregate.
Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for the Gunners.
Edinson Cavani eases Manchester United past Granada and into semis Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani celebrates his early strike against Granada. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/Shutterstock
Lacazette sinks Slavia Prague to send rampant Arsenal into semi-finals The Arsenal captain Alexandre Lacazette takes a knee in front of the Slavia players. Photograph: Martin Divíšek/EPA
Manchester United 2-0 Granada (agg 4-0): Cavani nets early to settle any nerves as United stroll into last four, with Vallejo netting a late own goal
Manchester United eased into the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday as Edinson Cavani helped secure a 2-0 win on the night to tie up a 4-0 aggregate victory. United entered the second leg of their quarter-final 2-0 up thanks to away goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes in Spain last time out, leaving Granada with an uphill battle in Manchester.