Posted on April 11, 2019 by Harry Kettle
- The Gunners knocked out CSKA Moscow at this stage of the Europa League last season (6-3 on aggregate) before falling to Atletico Madrid in the semi finals.
- The stage doesn’t matter because, to us, this is the same as the Atletico game – just at a different stage. Their games in this competition won’t get much harder than this one on paper, and they need to remain focused.
- Arsenal have been beaten just once in their last 17 home games in the UEFA Cup/Europa League (W12 D4) – losing 1-2 to Ostersunds FK in the last 32 in 2017-18.
- Extremely relevant. Arsenal play their best football at the Emirates and it isn’t even close, and they need to be taking advantage of that.
- Napoli have reached the quarter finals 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.
- This should serve as a sign of how far Napoli have come. They’re starting to build themselves up as legitimate European contenders once again, and this is a great stepping stone towards the Champions League for them – or at least it should be.
- They 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.
- It’s all about the mind-set with this one, because psychologically, it could play a factor. To be honest we just think English teams know how to go straight at them, and they probably struggle with the atmosphere that you tend to get from an English crowd.
What do you think the biggest factor is going to be when Arsenal take on Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League tie?