Arsenal were held on a 1-1 draw by Slavia Prague in the first quatre final clash at Emirates. Despite Slavia Prague holding an away goal advantage, Mikel Arteta remains upbeat as he asses the chances of progressing to the next stage, with Arsenal seeing the Europa route as the only ticket to next season’s Champions League competition following dismal Premier League campaign.
Slavia have already proven themselves as a team to beat, with the team managing to eliminate the European powerhouse among them Leicester, Bayer Leverkusen, and Rangers.
Arteta however seems determined to dent positive Slavia Prague good run. Arteta spoke to MOTD and said:
“Overall we had a really good performance – 3-0 away from home is never easy.
“We had to be fully focused on the league, there is a lot to play for.
“The best way to prepare for Prague was by winning today.
“We are going to to win the game at Prague. That’s it, that is our mindset.”
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The Gunners have not managed to keep a clean sheet in their previous nine Premier League games, and a win against Sheffield United seems a perfect setup ahead of the Slavia Prague clash.
While speaking to BT Sport, Arteta said:
“This is ideal preparation for Thursday.
“It has been a long run without a clean sheet.
“I am really happy with the way we played, we scored some really nice goals and controlled the game the way we wanted.
“We played at a high level. From the start I felt the boys were at it, we were efficient.
“We had good distances to play with each other and they understood the space.”
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