Confirmed line-ups: Slavia Prague vs Arsenal: Saka, Ceballos & Pepe start

By on April 15, 2021

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Arsenal take on Slavia Prague in a crucial Europa League quarter final second leg in the Czech Republic tonight.

Mikel Arteta has stuck with the same back four that featured during the 3-0 win over Sheffield United at the weekend so Calum Chambers keeps his place at right-back ahead of Hector Bellerin. Granit Xhaka starts at left-back again with Pablo Mari keeping his place alongside Rob Holding in the middle of the back four. Gabriel, therefore, has to settle for a place on the bench.

With Xhaka in defence, Dani Ceballos starts alongside Thomas Partey in midfield while Emile Smith Rowe returns in the attacking midfield role. Martin Odegaard misses out after failing to recover from an ankle injury.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also failed to make the trip due to illness so Alexandre Lacazette keeps his place up front while Nicolas Pepe starts in attack along with Bukayo Saka. Gabriel Martinelli drops to the bench where he’s joined by youngster Folarin Balogun.

These are the official line-ups:


Leno; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Lacazette.

Subs: Ryan, Hillson, Bellerin, Gabriel, Willian, Cedric, Nelson, Elneny, Nketiah, Martinelli, Balogun, Azeez.

Slavia Prague

Kolár; Bah, Zima, Holes, Boril; Sevcik, Stanciu, Hromada, Provod, Olayinka; Kuchta.

Subs: Stejskal, Kovar, Tecl, Sima, Oscar, Traore, Masopust, Lingr, Visinsky