Alexandre Lacazette despatched a defiant message to the Slavia Prague crew earlier than firing in two objectives to knock them out of the Europa League.
The Czech facet have been embroiled in criticism in current weeks after certainly one of their gamers, Ondrej Kudela, racially abused Rangers star Glen Kamara within the earlier spherical.
Kudela was banned for ten video games by UEFA, however the membership has stood by the participant claiming Kamara had lied in regards to the incident.
The Slavia gamers didn’t take a knee earlier than kick-off, as a substitute standing shoulder to shoulder across the centre circle.
The TV cameras confirmed a strong picture of Lacazette dealing with the gamers, staring them down forward of kick-off.
On the Arsenal gamers taking the knee, supervisor Mikel Arteta mentioned: “They requested me and the membership to take that initiative. That they had the fitting causes for that, the membership was supportive. I believe it was an ideal gesture.”
Lacazettte and the remainder of the Arsenal gamers then did their speaking on the pitch as they thrased the facet who had beforehand knocked out Leicester and Rangers.
Nicolas Pepe had given the Gunners the lead earlier than Lacazette transformed from the penalty spot.
Bukayo Saka rapidly made it 3-Zero with an excellent end within the 24th minute.
Lacazette doubled his tally late on as Arsenal gained 4-Zero on the night time and 5-1 on mixture.
talkSPORT commentator, and former Ipswich and Charlton midfielder, Matt Holland was impressed with what he noticed from the France striker.
He mentioned: “I believe his all spherical play, his maintain up play, bringing others into the sport as properly. He scored two objectives as properly and had the armband tonight. He led by instance.”