Superb individual goals from Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette thrashed Slavia Prague and put Arsenal in spot to the last-four and book a semi-final date with former manager Unai Emery’s Villarreal.
Coming into the game with a 1-1 first-leg score-line, Mikel Arteta’s side had their task cut out against Czech champions, who beat local rivals Sparta Prague 2-0 at the weekend to make it 23 games unbeaten across all competitions.
And the north London club took little to get going as starlet Emile Smith-Rowe had the ball into the back of the net just 12 minutes in but the goal was chalked off for offside.
Nevertheless, The Gunners opened the scoring in the 18th minute thanks to some superb work by Emile Smith-Rowe who created an opening for Nicolas Pepe, who coolly slotted home from inside the box.
Four minutes later Arsenal were two goals to the good as Alexandre Lacazette buried home a penalty after Bukayo Saka had been fouled inside the Slavia Prague box.
Three more minutes and Mikel Arteta’s men had the game in their pockets as Saka producing a moment of magic to put his side three-nil up on the night.
The 19-year-old winger wreaked havoc on the right wing, skipping past his marker before unleashing a left-footed strike into the bottom corner – bamboozingly the goalkeeper.
The hosts rung in the changes at half-time to try and spark a turnaround but one wasn’t forthcoming as Arsenal were in cruise control before Alexandre Lacazette scored his second goal of the night in the 77th minute to add more sheen to the score-line.
It was a statement performance from the Gunners that sets up a semi-final meeting with former manager Unai Emery’s Villarreal.