Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says his team must step up to the plate when they face Slavia Prague in their Europa League quarter-final second leg (Slavia Prague 4/1, Draw 11/4, Arsenal 3/4 – match odds).
The Gunners travel to Prague with the tie at 1-1 after Tomas Holes grabbed a late equaliser at the Emirates Stadium last week.
Arsenal ended a run of four matches without a victory at the weekend as they beat Sheffield United 3-0, and they are unbeaten on the road this season in the Europa League.
Slavia Prague have not lost at the Sinobo Stadium since February 2020, and Arteta has challenged his men to rise to the occasions, as they try to push for a spot in the final four.
He told BBC Sport: “We’ve shown that in big games, big players have to step in and create the magic moments, and you need that, so let’s hope that we can have them.
“It doesn’t matter who it is, but someone has to create when the team needs those moments.
“We have moments in the season where it has been the senior players and then other moments where it has been the young players.”
Arteta is still waiting to see if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard can pass fitness tests, but Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are available.
Fellow Premier League side Manchester United are also in action, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men set to welcome Granada to Old Trafford for their second leg (Manchester United 9/20, Draw 7/2, Granada 13/2 – match odds).
The Red Devils lead 2-0 after a fine performance last week, but Marcus Rashford, who scored the opening goal seven days ago, is a doubt due to an ankle problem.
Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire are all suspended, meaning some of United’s fringe players will get the chance to impress.
If United advance, they will face either Dutch Eredivisie leaders Ajax or Italian giants Roma in the semi-finals.