Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits Arsenal will be in for a tough challenge against Slavia Prague and are still unable to explain their performance against Liverpool.
Arsenal begin their quarter-final first leg of the Europa League after a disappointing loss. They were dominated by Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend, succumbing to a 3-0 defeat. This means that the Europa League is now a priority.
With a seemingly impossible top four finish, winning the Europa League might be Arsenal’s only avenue to return to the Champions League.
Firstly, they will have to defeat Slavia Prague, who have already knocked out Leicester City and Rangers in this season’s competition.
Ahead of the home game on Thursday, Aubameyang urged his teammates to respond to Saturday’s disappointment.
“We didn’t perform as well as we could on Saturday against Liverpool,” he said in the day’s schedule. “We didn’t deserve anything and it’s really hard to explain because we were confident we could really get a result against them.
“But we haven’t created enough, haven’t attacked like we’ve been doing lately and we haven’t been able to cause them any problems. So when that happens, a side with Liverpool quality will find a way to get you paid, and that is what they did in the second half.
“But like I said, we have to learn from that and change things quickly because tonight’s game in the Europa League is a big goal for us.”
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Aubameyang aware of the Slavia challenge
the Arsenal The captain also warned of the threat posed by visitors to Slavia.
“There is no doubt how strong Slavia Prague is,” he continued. “They’re really building a reputation over the last few years of a team that can beat anyone, and if they’re in the bottom eight of the competition, they have to be a dangerous team.
“I know Slavia have been very strong this season, in Europe and in their league as well, so for sure we are going to face a team that is very confident. It’s up to us to make them feel like a losing team for once!
“They have a very strong team, I know there are also some very good African players in the team I know, so we have no excuse – we will be ready for them and we will give everything to move on to the next one. . round.”
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