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Arsenal vs SSC Napoli: Match Preview

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Arsenal will take on Carlo Ancelloti’s Napoli in their UEFA Europe League quarter-final encounter.

The first leg of the tie will be played at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night and next leg will be played next week in Napoli.

Arsenal will be coming into this game on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Everton in the Premier League.

Napoli, on the other hand, also had a disappointment in their last game after drawing 1-1 against Genoa at home.

Form

Arsenal – LWWWL

Their recent form might present show defeats in their last five games but they have been in good form lately. Emery will be disappointed by his team’s performance in their last game. But they have been good in the past few weeks. In their last six game, Arsenal has won against Manchester United and drew against Tottenham.

Napoli – WWWLD

Napoli managed to reach the quarter-finals of Europa League by winning 4-3 on aggregate against Red Bull Salzburg. They have dropped points in their last two games in the Seria A. Losing 2-1 to Empoli and drawing 1-1 against Genoa at home.

Injury/Suspensions

Arsenal

Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin are long-term absentees for Arsenal. Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny missed their last game, but are expected to be available for Napoli match.

Napoli

Raul Albiol and Amadou Diawara will miss the game against Gunners due to injury. David Ospina might start the game against the former club Arsenal.

Probable Line-ups

Arsenal

Formation: 3-4-2-1

Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Sokratis; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Ramsay, Iwobi; Aubameyang.

Napoli

Formation: 4-4-2

Meret; Malcuit, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui; Callejon, Allan, Ruiz, Zielsinki; Mertens, Insigne.

Possible Outcome

Arsenal will have home advantage and better make good use of it in this tough fixture.

Carlo Ancelotti has experience of managing against English sides and will use that against the Gunners.

We are expecting a draw with goals. Away advantage for Napoli.

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