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MetiNews.Com - Arsenal were forced to settle for a draw in the first-leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final on Thursday evening against Slavia Prague at the Emirates Stadium
Breaking News ! Arsenal suffered a late blow in the first-leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Slavia Prague last night, being held to a 1-1 draw by the Czech giants at the Emirates Stadium. After taking the lead just four minutes from time through Nicolas Pepe's fourth Europa League goal of the season, the Gunners thought they had done enough to take a one-goal advantage into next week's second-leg, putting them halfway towards achieving their objective of reaching the semi-finals. But with time running out, Slavia found a route back into the contest when defender Tomas Holes connected with a corner at the back-post, heading home a powerful effort that was too hot for Bernd Leno to handle. Read More Related Articles What Granit Xhaka shouted at Cedric and Rob Holding as Mikel Arteta's plan for Arsenal fails Read More Related Articles 'Hanging by a thread' - What the national media said about Arsenal after Slavia Prague setback Whilst Slavia's players raced away to celebrate what could be a crucial away goal in the tie, the Gunners cut dejected figures, stood in disbelief at the late drama that had occurred. For manager Mikel Arteta, who has now seen his side fail to win any of their last four matches in all competitions, the performance was a step up in quality from what was produced against Liverpool at the weekend, but it was a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal that was the missing ingredient. He said: "I think the players stepped in and gave absolutely everything. It's a really difficult opponent to play with. "The amount of duels and individual man to man situations they create, we managed that really well in certain moments. Read More Related Articles One Arsenal player singled out for impressive Europa League moment despite Slavia Prague draw Read More Related Articles Arsenal player ratings vs Slavia Prague as Saka impresses but Lacazette disappoints "We were much more aggressive today and ambitious to play some big chances and we didn't put them away." Before Arteta had even emerged from the dressing room to provide his thoughts on the contest to the media, one interesting moment did occur on the pitch following the full-time whistle. After a game of such magnitude in European football, it is quite often that you see opposition players chatting to one another and swapping shirts, especially if a big-name player has been involved in the contest. And for Slavia hero Holes, who had never scored in European club football before in his career, he was determined to lay his hands on the shirt of Gunners right-back Hector Bellerin. The 28-year-old right-back went up to the Spaniard to see if he could claim his shirt and take it home with him as a souvenir. Hector Bellerin (right) was in no mood to hand his shirt over to Tomas Holes following the full-time whistle. (Image: UCL on CBS Sports). However, the Slavia right-back's wish did not come true as Bellerin refused to hand it over, despite shaking his hand. Bellerin walked away with his shirt still glued to his back, meaning Holes was unable to lay hands on it.
. Below, football.london has taken a quick look at what some Gunners fans had to say on Twitter. @IamKalama said: "Bellerin even denied holes his shirt...more of that, please." @CincyToLondon commented: "Bellerin cold shouldering that Holes cat was the best thing he did all night." @HaydenBurgess3 posted: "Hector Bellerin doesn't like swapping shirts."
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@freeman_13s added: "Bellerin refusing to swap shirts with a Slavia Prague player - love to see it." As a side note, Bellerin captained Arsenal last night in the absence of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who started the contest on the bench. Explaining why he made that decision, Arteta said: "It was some big decisions to leave some players out but we decided to play the team who had the best chance to start the game and have some key players there to change the game when we need it. "Once they came on they had a real impact, which is very necessary in this competition, and they did what we expect them to do."
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