Slavia Prague v Arsenal preview: Team news, Ones to watch, Predicted line ups, and how to watch.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Nicolas Pepe chips the ball over Slavia Pregue goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar to score the Arsenal goal during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Arsenal FC and Slavia Praha at Emirates Stadium on April 08, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Last Thursday, Arsenal's hopes of travelling to the Czech Republic with a lead was snatched away after a late equaliser by Slavia Prague, cancelling out the Gunners' hard fought lead.

However, after an impressive 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday, Mikel Arteta's side will travel to the second leg with great confidence, hoping to progress to the semi-finals.

A convincing win is needed due to the Czech side's away goal, as well as their strong home presence.

Slavia Prague previously beat rivals Sparta Prague 2-0 at home before this fixture, continuing their unbeaten run in the league to 26.

Thurday's Europa League league fixture is more important than ever. Progression is key in this competition if the Gunners want any shot at European football next season.

And with Arsenal's hefty injury list, it could be harder than they think.

Team news

Once again for Arteta, team selection will be limited. Arsenal's creative options are restricted as Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard are majorly doubted for this fixture.

Star boy and potential Player of the Year Bukayo Saka, is also likely to miss his sides battle against the Czech side.

The Englishman picked up a thigh injury during Arsenal's 3-0 win at Bramall Lane, and is looking likely to be out.

Kieran Tierney and David Luiz will also miss out due to a continuation of injuries, but Arteta is confident Gabriel Martinelli and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be fit.

Ondrej Kudela has served his one match provisional ban following an investigation into racist abuse, however he has not travelled this Thursday due to illness.

Slavia's David Hovorka and Simon Deli remain injured, and will miss out once more, meaning late goal scorer Tomáš Holeš could start again.

Peter Olayinka and Abdallah Sima both missed Sunday's derby, and are still concerns in the Czech camp. But, they look likely to return.

Both sides have full injury lists which may cause a shift in squads. Arsenal could introduce the likes of Dani Ceballos to cover, as well as the impressive Cedric Soares, to replace damaged players.

Ones to watch

Arsenal: Martinelli - The Brazilian wonder kid has risen from the shadows following his injury, and is looking to gain some valuable game time this Thursday.

His goal on Sunday against Sheffield United ignited his comeback, gaining that needed confidence. If starting this Thursday, Martinelli could be the driving force of the Arsenal attack.

Slavia Prague: Holeš - The defender is looking to continue his impressive form in recent games, covering for the injured David Hovorka and Simon Deli

His goal against the Gunners in the first leg has placed pressure on Arsenal, playing at home with confidence. His all important goal against rivals Sparta Prague, accompanied with four clean sheets in his last five league games, places him on our Ones to watch.

Predicted line ups

Arsenal - Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric; Xhaka, Partey; Pepe, Willian, Martinelli; Lacazette.

Slavia PragueKolar; Bah, Holes, Zima, Boril; Hromada, Provod, Stanciu; Dorley, Sima, Olayinka.

How to watch

Slavia Prague v Arsenal will KO at 8:00pm BST and will be broadcasted on BT Sport.

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