Arsenal will have to save their season the hard way, and by now it seems as if they know no other. They seemed to have a tentative foot in the Europa League semi-finals when Nicolas Pépé, running on to a pass from his fellow substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, dinked in a delightful finish as the minutes ticked down. But then came the sting: in the third minute of stoppage time a Slavia Prague corner popped up off Pépé and straight into the path of Tomas Holes, who thundered in a header that gives his side an away-goal advantage before next Thursday’s second leg. Mikel Arteta will rue a number of missed chances, with Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette the chief culprits.

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