Napoli will face Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo, in Naples, in the Europa League Quarter-Finals second leg. Napoli against Arsenal is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Both strong and talented squads will play for Semi-Final of second biggest European Tournament. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
SSC Napoli team are demotivated after losing chances to overtake Juventus in Serie A once again. Moreover, they failed to take the second place in Champions League group stage with the same points amount as Liverpool. Everything was decided in the last match between them, where Liverpool won the difficult game with the 1:0 result, at Anfield. In Serie A there are only 7 points left between Naples club and nearest follower Internazionale. In the last 6 games, everything can be changed, but we believe that Napoli will save their place. Last for is not impressive, since they won 2 games out of last 5, by losing to Arsenal at Emirates and Empoli at Carlo Castellani.
In general, Gli Azzurri has great and talented players in the squad. Arkadiusz Milik is most goals scored player of the team – 17. Dries Mertens has already made 10 assists in Serie A. In Europe competitions, Mertens, Jose Callejon, and Lorenzo Insigne are dominating in the attacks. Unfortunately, Raul Albiol will miss the next important match against Gunners, moreover, A. Diawara is still under question. Hosts are really strong this season at shooting from direct free kicks, counter attacks and attacking down the wings. However, they are facing troubles at aerial duels, stopping opponents from creating chances and avoiding offside.
After a win against Watford, they back in top 4 of Premier League. This season is very unexpected for Arsenal since they have ups and downs very often. Right now they are fighting for a stay in the top of the Premier League table and being promoted to Champions League. They confidently took 1st place in UEFA Europa League and then knocked out teams like BATE, Rennes and maybe Napoli. Of course, if they will save the great result after the game at Emirates in London. In the road games, they are facing troubles very often since they won 3 out of 10 last matches in different competitions.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the best striker with 4 goals in Europe. Unfortunately, Hector Bellerin, Ryan Holding and Danny Welbeck will miss one of the most important games. The Gunners are strong this season in Europa League at shooting from direct free kicks, finishing scoring chances and creating long shot opportunities. However, they face troubles at stopping opponents from creating chances, aerial duels and avoiding individual errors.
Europa League Quarter-Finals first leg
After a great start of the match and 2 scored goals, Arsenal saved the result. Hosts had more chances to score, however, gave control of the ball to opponents. Even very strong Napoli attack failed to score a very important goal in away match. Lucas Torreira is suspended in Premier League, so he missed several matches in PL, and gave everything in this match. He was the man of the match since played this match very strongly. In general, Arsenal is playing very confident football at home, so the revenge game should be under Napoli. Even after a 2:0 result, Arsenal should try to save the result and play as good as it is possible.