LONDON: Slavia Prague stole an away goal in extra time against Arsenal to give them a 1-1 draw and an advantage after the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals just now.
Substitute Nicolas Pepe broke the deadlock for Arsenal in the 86th minute of the night which saw many chances missed by the hosts in the first leg.
But Tomas Holes headed in an equalizer to make it difficult for Mikel Arteta’s side ahead of next week’s second clash in Prague.
“The match was in our control, we got the goals we wanted, but we struggled ourselves,” the disappointed Arteta told BT Sport.
“We give a corner kick, that puts a lot of players in the penalty box and anything can happen. Of course it changes the mood after the game.”
He said late -game substitutes changed the rivalry but his squad failed to find an advantage.
“They are good opponents and very hard to resist,” he said. “Now we need to get there and win. We’ve done it before and we’re confident we can do it again.”