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Slavia dent Gunners’ Europa hopes

Tomas Soucek and Vlad Coufal’s former club Slavia Prague came from behind to draw with Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday!

Most Irons will have had a close eye on how Slavia performed, with the two club forging a close relationship in recent months.

And they will have been impressed with the fortitude of the Czech side, as they bounced back from what looked like a killer blow in the 86th minute.

In a really low-key affair, Arsenal scored the opening goal with just four minutes of normal time remaining, as Nicolas Pepe sprinted through and chipped a lovely finish over the Slavia keeper.

But they came roaring back and equalised in the third minute of injury time.

Tomas Holes came in at the back post at a corner and sent a header beyond Bernd Leno, who essentially parried the ball into the roof of the net.

It gives Slavia an advantage ahead of the second leg, as they have a precious away goal.

We may be seeing more of them in this season’s Europa League!

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.