Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said he was “really proud” of Arsenal’s performance “before, during and after” the Europa League win over Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
Slavia knocked Rangers out of the tournament at the last-16 stage, with the second leg of that tie marred by an incident where Ondrej Kudela directed a racial insult at Glen Kamara.
Before the match, Arsenal’s captain for the night Alexandre Lacazette took a knee in front of the entire Slavia line-up, with his team-mates doing so behind him, before scoring twice. Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka were also on target.
“I loved everything about the game,” Gerrard said in Friday’s press conference. “I loved the Arsenal performance, the way they went about it. I admired how they approached before the game, during the game, and after the game. I’m sure Glen did as well.”
Kamara – an Arsenal academy graduate – liked three Twitter posts on Thursday evening, including Arsenal’s full-time graphic and a tweet which read: “This is for you Glen Kamara.”
Gerrard added: “I was really proud watching Arsenal’s performance last night. Everything about it, the way they prepared for the game, the way the manager spoke, the way the players behaved before, during and after, and then to back it up with that level of performance, I sat there are really enjoyed that performance. I thought it was sensational.”
Rangers to host Arsenal in commemorative friendly
Rangers will welcome Arsenal to Ibrox in July for a commemorative friendly as part of Rangers’ 150th anniversary celebrations.
The game will take place in Glasgow on Saturday, July 17 but away fans will be unable to attend due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
A Rangers club statement read: “Rangers and Arsenal enjoy a long, rich history and first played each other in 1933 in what was known as the “Game of Champions”.