Arsenal head to Naples for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash boasting a 2-0 advantage following a comfortable victory in London last week.
The Gunners dominated at the Emirates as an Aaron Ramsey effort and Kalidou Koulibaly own goal secured the win inside 25 minutes,
though they were prevented from putting the tie beyond doubt thanks to an impressive display from visiting goalkeeper Alex Meret.
You wonder if last season’s semi-finalists will be made to regret such profligacy in southern Italy against a Napoli team that, backed by a strong crowd,
are unbeaten at the Stadio San Paolo in European competition this term under Carlo Ancelotti, scoring 10 goals and conceding only twice in five contests.
They have lost just once on their own patch in Serie A – against reigning champions Juventus in March.
Arsenal’s away-day troubles have been well-documented in 2018-19,
though they held on to beat 10-man Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road on Monday night
– a result that saw them return to the Premier League’s top four.
Napoli surely will not repeat their inept first-half display on home turf, where they are typically formidable and prolific.
Arsenal’s away form was notably shaky before Monday and even then they could easily have been pegged back by 10-man Watford,
who twice hit the woodwork and created plenty of chances.
Arsenal team news and predicted line-ups
Unai Emery is confident that Lucas Torreira will be fit for the second leg after being substituted at half-time against Watford with what was described as a “small injury”.
The home crowd had also turned against the diminutive Uruguayan after the incident involving Troy Deeney that resulted in the Hornets captain being shown an 11th-minute yellow card.
Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez is struggling with an ongoing groin issue, while long-term absentees Hector Bellerin,
Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are all still sidelined.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ two-game domestic suspension does not apply to European competition,
so he is available once again, while Petr Cech typically replaces Bernd Leno for Europa League matches.
It remains to be seen if Emery will be tempted to deploy a more defensive line-up in order to protect Arsenal’s two-goal advantage.
Napoli XI: Meret, Hysaj, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Callejon, Ruiz Pena, Zielinski, Insigne, Merens, Milik
Arsenal XI: Cech, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD. BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
You can also follow all the action on Sport2’s LIVE blog.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
This will be the fourth competitive meeting between the two sides.
In addition to this season’s Europa League quarter-finals, they also met in the group stages of the 2013-14 Champions League.
Each side won the home tie 2-0, with Napoli managed at that time by current Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez.