Arsenal made a decisive statement in thrashing Slavia Prague at Meadow Park to secure their Champions League quarter-final spot.
Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk both scored hat-tricks in the 13-2 aggregate win. Miedema, who netted four in the first leg, now has 52 goals in 50 starts for the Gunners.
Arsenal went into the game confident off the back of a 1-0 win over FA Cup and Continental Cup winners Manchester City, who were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday by Atletico Madrid.
Van de Donk began the night’s barrage of goals in the 21st minute and Arsenal were awarded a penalty three minutes later when Beth Mead was tripped in the box by Simona Necidova. Captain Kim Little, who scored a penalty in the first leg, sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-0.
Arsenal’s new signing from Bayern Munich, Jill Roord, cut through the mess of a goalmouth scramble to drive a powerful half-volley into the net for a third and Miedema added a fourth in first-half injury time.
The second half saw Arsenal stick nail after nail in Slavia Prague coffin, with Van de Donk scoring the fifth after Roord’s shot in the 59th minute had hit the post. She then sealed her hat-trick with a header and Miedema completed hers in the 86th minute with two quickfire goals.
Arsenal will find out their quarter-final opponents on November 8.