Simply 24 hours on from the affirmation there could be two English sides within the last 4 of the Champions League, there’ll now even be two English sides within the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Each Manchester United and Arsenal progressed by means of to the subsequent spherical of Europe’s secondary competitors following spectacular wins over Granada and Slavia Prague respectively.
Earlier than the video games had even kicked off the drama had begun as Slavia refused to take the knee – in the identical week their teammate Ondrej Kudela was banned for ten matches for racially abusing Glen Kamara. You possibly can most likely inform what Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette considered the choice…
Manchester United already had one foot within the semi-final as they kicked off at Previous Trafford following their 2-0 win in Spain final week, and it took simply six minutes for any Granada hope of an emphatic comeback to be extinguished.
Over in Prague, Emile Smith Rowe’s early disallowed objective for a marginal offside choice could have had Arsenal followers all around the world one another with worry of their eyes, as if to say, ‘oh no, it isn’t one in every of these nights is it’.
They should not have had any such worries, as Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring simply minutes after Smith Rowe had been denied.
Proper, precisely the beginning Arsenal wanted, however the tie was nonetheless hanging within the stability and it was going to take a very inflexible, disciplined show to make sure their semi-final place was within the bag.
Arsenal’s frontline had different concepts…
If the gunners have been anticipating a second-half fightback from the house facet as they desperately tried to claw their approach again into the competition, then they have been in for a giant shock.
Slavia provided little or no going ahead – regardless of needing 4 objectives in the event that they have been to progress – and Arsenal took full management of the sport earlier than Lacazette put the cherry on prime of an expert show out on in Prague.
With United sharpening off their tie after a late personal objective put them 4-0 forward on combination, ideas quickly turned to the semi-final ties and past…