Arsenal forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have been earmarked as the players Slavia Prague have to be most careful about tonight, according to Peter Olayinka.
The north Londoners host the Czech side at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg before heading to Prague for the second leg next Thursday.
It’s a crucial game for Mikel Arteta’s charges, who have picked up just one point from their last two Premier League games.
In addition, the Gunners have conceded six goals in those two games, were hammered 3-0 by Liverpool at the weekend, and also lost to Olympiacos in their last-16 second leg.
Arsenal sit 10th in the table, a huge 10 points adrift of the top four, so the Europa League is now looking like the best chance for the Gunners to quality for Europe’s top-tier tournament.
Slavia striker Olayinka has picked out Aubameyang and Lacazette, who have scored 27 goals between them in all competitions this season, as his side’s main threat tonight.
“They play a lot in a team, everyone is important to them. But I think that Aubameyang and Lacazette are the top players we have to be most careful about,” Olayinka told his club’s official website, as translated by All Nigeria Soccer.
The Nigeria international is eagerly looking forward to playing his first competitive match at the Emirates Stadium.
“I am focused on the match and I am looking forward to it. It’s great to be in such a stadium,” he added.
“We did well in the last outdoor matches and I believe that we can show an equally good performance on Thursday.”