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'Very difficult': Slavia Prague boss names the two Arsenal stars who really troubled his side

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Slavia Prague boss Jindrich Tripisovsky has delivered his verdict on Arsenal after his side salvaged a 1-1 draw at the Emirates last night.

The Gunners were the more dominant side but we failed to convert our chances. Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all missed sitters, and that cost us the win.

Tripisovsky was asked about Arsenal’s players and he claimed that two of our stars really troubled his side.

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He told Slavia Prague’s official website: “Arsenal showed great quality in the first place, they have great players. Combined, they are terribly strong and well equipped with speed. 

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“It was a very difficult match for us. In the first half, we could not put enough pressure on them to pass in some passages. We had problems with Lacazette, who went very deep for the balls and made room for the wings, we let ourselves be pushed.

“We have to improve next time, we were late on the players when attacking the Arsenal pass. When they are on the ball, it is difficult for them to take away, when you are locked in the last third of the field, they rotate perfectly. They’re there like fish in the water and it is very difficult to defend. 

“When we managed to press, we spent a lot of time on the offensive half, but overall, the team’s cooperation was not entirely good. But as I said, Arsenal was very strong on the ball, Smith Rowe helped them a lot in the middle of the field.”

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The Insider’s View:

Lacazette’s performance last night has been overshadowed by his miss in the second half. However, the Frenchman had a decent game in transition, especially when he dropped deep to link play up.

Smith Rowe, on the other hand, had an underwhelming first half. He improved as the game went on, but he was knackered in the end and Arteta had to take him off for the final few minutes of the game.

The result last night definitely gives Slavia the advantage going into next week’s game. However, if we can start taking our chances in front of goal, we should be able to progress into the semi-final quite comfortably.

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