Arsenal Vs Napoli Lineups: Duo Fit As Emery Makes 6 Changes

Arsenal Vs Napoli

Arsenal will be looking to secure a first leg lead in their Europa League quarter-final with Napoli at the Emirates tonight.

The Gunners head into the game off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Everton last weekend that's left them sitting fifth in the Premier League table.

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A tough battle lies ahead of Arsenal to finish in the top four so they need to take the Europa League seriously as winning the competition would secure our place back in the Champions League next season.

Unai Emery knows he needs to secure a first leg advantage tonight.

Arsenal will be up against a very talented Napoli side and boss Carlo Ancelotti also has a huge pedigree in Europe so it's going to be tough to beat them over two legs.

Napoli are dangerous going forward and Arsenal defence is easily broken so they might grab what could be an important away goal.

Arsenal Vs Napoli Pre Match Insights        

  • Arsenal and Napoli have faced off just twice before in Europe – home and away in the group stages of the Champions League in 2013-14. Arsenal defeated the Italian side 2-0 at the Emirates, before losing by the same scoreline at the Stadio San Paolo.
  • Arsenal have reached the quarter-final stages of European competition in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008-09/2009-10 in the Champions League. The Gunners knocked out CSKA Moscow at this stage of the Europa League last season (6-3 on agg.) before falling to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.
  • Napoli have reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup/Europa League for the third time in their history. They fell at the semi-final stage in 2014-15 but won the competition in 1988-89 with a side featuring Diego Maradona.
  • Arsenal have been beaten just once in their last 17 home games in the UEFA Cup/Europa League (W12 D4) – losing 1-2 to Östersunds FK in the last 32 in 2017-18.
  • Napoli have never beaten an English side away from home in European competition (P8 W0 D1 L7) – they have previously lost in such games against Burnley, Leeds United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

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Arsenal Vs Napoli Lineups

Arsenal  (3-4-2-1) Lineup

  1. Cech
  2. Mustafi
  3. Koscielny
  4. Papastathopoulos
  5. Maitland-Niles
  6. Xhaka
  7. Torreira
  8. Kolasinac
  9. Ramsey
  10. Iwobi
  11. Aubameyang

Napoli (4-4-2) Lineup

  1. Meret
  2. Malcuit
  3. Maksimovic
  4. Koulibaly
  5. Rui
  6. Callejon
  7. Allan
  8. Fabian
  9. Zielinski
  10. Insigne
  11. Mertens

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