“Can we give it to all 4 of them?” Arsenal fans divided over Man of the Match after Slavia Prague masterclass

Arsenal fans cannot pick their Man of the Match after their team crushed Slavia Prague 4-0 to reach the semifinal of the Europa League.

The Czech side had already eliminated Leicester City and Rangers in the competition and held an advantage going into the game.

They had scored a late leveller to earn a 1-1 draw and an important away goal in the first leg at Arsenal.

Almost every player on the pitch for the Gunners did well, however, only one star gets to take the MOTM award home.

After the game, the club nominated Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe for the award and fans cannot pick the best among them.

They made a poll with the names of the above players and their fans took to the comments to choose different stars with some even claiming the whole team deserves the award.

We have sampled some of the reactions from the post and here they are:

 

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9 Comments

  1. Reggie says:

    All four were great but for me man of the tie was Pepe, he scored the one that set this up at the Emirates, the first goal tonight and basically made two tonight. I did like Chambers as well tonight and Partey and Ceballos.

  2. Kipkirui sang says:

    For me laca, Pepe, bukayo and Smith deserve awards guys you did it #arsenal forever

  3. vieralyn says:

    Pepe clearly took advantage of their piss-poor defensive tactics and likewise showed a deft touch on the opening goal…he was left open on numerous occasions tonight, rarely saw any double-teams and even when he was 1 v. 1 the defender was almost always taking an exaggerated inside position, which seemed odd considering he rarely cuts back on his right foot outside of the box

    it appeared as if the defensive strategy was to provide more coverage help on Saka’s side then play tighter lanes through the middle…I can only assume this was based on the fact that, with Xhaka in the LB position, overlapping runs to create more width was highly unlikely, which left Pepe with considerable space on the counter…good on him for not overcomplicating matters and putting in a proper shift

    Saka pressed forward well and even broke down the double-team on several occasions, which ultimately led to his shot off the post, the foul that led to Laca’s successful penalty effort and his scoring strike…good on him for being aggressive in the final third and bringing his shooting boots

    for me though, the real MOTM was ESR…he provided us with a much-needed presence in the middle of the park, which has been a real weak spot for us this season…he nutmegged a defender to set-up Pepe and he was consistently looking to attack in a much more direct fashion…more than once his passes in the middle third led to scoring chances and he was constantly finding pockets of space off the ball…he was a bit unfortunate when his goal was negated by a half-toe offside call, but it mattered not

    we have been plagued by our propensity to build-up too slowly and our failure to commit enough men in and around the box, so having ESR and Ceballos more committed to the attack paid considerable dividends again…playing scared just doesn’t get it done, unless you have a whole host of players who can create high percentage goal-scoring opportunities on their own, which just hasn’t been the case in recent years

    watching Prague in attack reminded me of our difficulties over the last several years, as they created some opportunities in the counter but without enough men joining the attack they rarely amounted to anything resembling a clear goal-scoring opportunity…we were decent in defence but the real key was that we did enough from an offensive standpoint to discourage them from overcommitting in the final third too often…by the time they were forced into changing their tactics, the game was done and dusted…like I’ve always said, for teams who want to play one-touch offensively-minded football their best defence is a good offence, which is what we witnessed today

    the only sad part is I just wish we had showed this sort of courage more than twice all season…besides this potential elimination game and our display against Chelski following Christmas, we’ve only ever showed glimpses against some lesser lights

    1. Grandad says:

      The most pleasing aspect of the game to me was the use of Pepe on the left rather than the right where he has been largely ineffective.I don’t think we should get too carried away with the result however, as the opposition were poor on the night That said, Arteta deserves credit for selecting a very balanced side with Holding and Mari looking very comfortable as a pair.Two consecutive clean sheets breeds confidence throughout the team so let’s make it three in a row against Fulham.

  4. Ronald Clement says:

    I only have two in mind lava and xhaka who played out of position but maintained a stand.

  5. CorporateMan says:

    Xhaka was also excellent in his unfamiliar left-back role. In fact, the guys all put in a real shift
    Makes you wonder why they can be so annoying in some other games 😩

    1. ozziegunner says:

      CM, it appears to depend on whether they are in the mood or not. The inconsistency in effort is infuriating, for supposedly “professional” footballers.

  6. siamois says:

    Laca for me and the way he faced the opponents when taking the knee he showed leadership.

  7. Tea says:

    I only hope the formation stays this way, its not a fluke we are winning lately and I pray Mr auba stays out of the way

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