Gers lost to the Czech champions in the previous round of the Europa League, but the last-16 clash was overshadowed by the racial abuse hurled at Glen Kamara by Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela – who has now been handed a ten-game ban by UEFA.
But Arsenal ensured Slavia would go no further in the competition as they produced a four-goal blitz at the Eden Arena to secure a 5-1 aggregate triumph and a place in the semi-finals.
There was a powerful image moments before kick-off when Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette chose to defiantly take a knee as he stared down the Prague line-up, who remained standing with their arms linked.
The stand-in skipper, whose team-mates also kneeled, went on to strike twice, much to the delight of Rangers boss Gerrard.
“I loved everything about the game,” said Gerrard.
“I loved Arsenal’s performance, I loved the way they went about it and I admired how they approached it before the game, during the game and after the game.
“I was really proud watching Arsenal last night. Everything about it. I thought the way they prepared for the game, the way the manager spoke, the way the players behaved during and after, and then to back it up with that level of performance. I sat there and really enjoyed that game.
“I thought it was a sensational performance.”