Slavia Prague will travel to London to play the Europa League quarter-finals against Arsenal with only one recognized center-back

The Czech Republic team will try to score a British hat trick after beating Leicester and Rangers in the final two rounds

Slavia has vastly outperformed the Foxes on Two Legs and was equally impressive in both games against Steven Gerrard’s team, recently crowned Scottish champions

Despite their recent conspicuous performances, Slavia is still considered a strong underdog against an Arsenal team that conceded six goals in the last two games and failed convincingly to qualify for the last eight Europa League games after a home defeat at Olympiacos

Arsenal have to do without David Luiz, who underwent knee surgery earlier this week, and is sweating on the fitness of Kieran Tierney, who was sent off last Saturday with a knee injury after a challenge with James Milner against Liverpool

Slavia is likely to arrive in north London in an even greater state of disrepair, however. Ondrej Kudela Anyone at the center of a racism storm that overshadowed the Ibrox win will miss the trip for health reasons

Police wanted to question the 34-year-old who was accused of molesting Glen Kamara with a bow that led the former Arsenal youngster to issue a statement through his attorney last month telling UEFA prompted decisive action and not sweep the incident under the rug

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Kamara and Kudela on Thursday after investigating allegations of racism The latter have placed a provisional ban on one game.The Czech top runners denied Kamara’s claims, blaming Finnish midfielder Kudela after their 2-0 win at Ibrox on Jan. March to have beaten

Arsenal fear a long injury break for Kieran Tierney as David Luiz is out for a month

A statement by UEFA added: “Further information on this case will be made available as soon as the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Board has made a decision in due course”

Kudela started last week in the World Cup qualifier against Wales in Cardiff for the Czech Republic, but will not play a role at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday

Ivory Coast defender Simon Deli is also out while Taras Kacharaba is not registered for the knockout round despite appearing in the group stage before the turn of the year

David Zima is the only recognized center-back left who is giving Jindrich Trpisovsky a significant headache ahead of the biggest game in recent Slavic history

Just as much is at stake for an Arsenal team that the only hope of qualifying for European competition next season is to win this competition, which includes Villarreal and Manchester United

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Source: https://metro.co.uk/2021/04/06/slavia-prague-face-defensive-injury-crisis-ahead-of-arsenal-europa-league-tie-14364350/