Arsenal vs Napoli: Cracker in store between two attacking teams, Gunners relying on home form
Arsenal's Premier League duties get put to one side here as they face Napoli in a tasty-looking Europa League quarterfinal where we are expecting plenty of goalmouth action.
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Match preview ✅
Arsenal's disappointing away form in the Premier League continued as they lost away to Everton and the scrap for a top-four finish in England is going to be as tight as ever. In the Europa League, they welcome Napoli to Emirates Stadium, a side that sits comfortably in second position in Serie A. Arsenal will likely have to win here to be comfortable going into the second leg the following week. Napoli was disappointing in drawing with ten-man Genoa this weekend, and Arsenal should try and capitalise on that and produce another strong performance at home.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has won the Europa League three times, winning it every season between 2014 & 2016. He knows full well how to negotiate two-legged European ties and will be aware that his side needs to take a lead to Italy. Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that there are "alarm bells ringing" as his side makes the trip to London, that's In their last two games in Serie A, Napoli has lost at relegation-threatened Empoli and been held at home by Genoa.
We expect goals here.
Team news 🌟
Emery hopes Aaron Ramsey will be fit to start as he continues his fine form during his final season at the Emirates, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could return to the starting eleven after he was left out of the team at Everton. Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny are both battling to be fit, and the return of Xhaka would be a boost, as the stats show Arsenal's win-rate drops significantly without the Swiss midfield general in the side.
Napoli, who haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last six matches, will be boosted by the return to Europa League action of giant Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who missed the defeat in Salzburg because of suspension. Lorenzo Insigne has returned to full fitness, and his trickery could be key against a sometimes suspect Arsenal back line.
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