Napoli vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report


With Arsenal fighting tooth and nail in both the Premier League and Europa League, his experience would have been vital for the run-in.

Arsenal's aim is to secure Champions League qualification and success in either competition will do that but it seems as if the side has one priority.

Off the back of their 2-0 victory at the Emirates in the quarter-final first leg, Lacazette's strike left Napoli needing at least four goals.

'We are now in fourth place, two points over United, one game less than Chelsea and one point behind Tottenham and they play Manchester City next week. We take a look at the Arsenal predicted line up for the clash.

Can he afford to load his team with attackers - the template for some of Arsenal's most effective football this season, with the front pair of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette supported by Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey - or will he favour those with a more dependable capacity to track back? In central midfield, Emery has fielded Granit Xhaka, who only made his return from injury against Watford, and he partners Lucas Torreira, who had an injury scare in the build-up to the game.

They were the third best team in this season's Champions League group stage despite finishing in third behind Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool, and they cruised past Zurich and Salzburg at home in the Europa League.

"Juventus failed in the second half of the second leg, the most important part of the tie".

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Under manager Unai Emery, the 28-year-old was initially reduced to a squad player, but has since regained a starting spot and is in good form, with three goals in six starts.

"Our first target is to win", Emery said.

"They've proved they're a quality team and are second in Serie A. From a few years back, we know they're tough to play against and it will be a hard place to go to".

Javi Gracia said after the game he was unsure why Deeney was sent off but will have been pleased with the effort of his players to remain in the contest.

Gunners centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos knows the San Paolo stadium well having played for two seasons in Italy with Genoa.

"We've put in a great performance given the way things went in the first 15 minutes".

"We had 10 men but if anything it looked like they had the 10 men".