On Thursday night, Arsenal visits Napoli’s San Paolo in the Europa League quarter-final second leg. The Gunners hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.
Napoli’s recent form has been unconvincing at home and abroad. Carlo Ancelotti’s team ended a three-game winless run in all competitions by recording a 3-1 win at Chievo.
The home sides recent record in the Europa League is not great, as they have suffered defeats against Salzburg and of course Arsenal in the first leg. However, prior to the defeats, the Italian side had recorded four straight European victories.
Their recent Europa League games have been relatively high scoring, with at least two goals scored in their last six matches.
The Italian team have been difficult to beat at the San Paolo in the Europa League in recent seasons, as they have suffered just one defeat in their last 16 matches. The club from Naples has also scored at least two goals in five of their last seven home matches in the Europa League.
Arsenal’s recent results have been good, even if their performances have not. The Gunners have now won five of their last six games in all competitions while keeping clean sheets in all five wins.
The Gunners have a mixed recent record in the Europa League. However, Unai Emery’s team has recorded wins in three of their last four games in Europe, scoring at least two goals in all three wins, while also keeping three clean sheets in the process.
Arsenal have lost their last two away games in the Europa League. In fact, the Gunners have won just three of their last seven matches on their travels in the competition. The visitors have now won just three of their last 13 away matches.
Napoli look set to be without centre-back Raul Albiol and central midfielder Amadou Diawara due to injury. Arkadiusz Milik may well start instead of Dries Mertens in attack.
The Gunners are without injured trio Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding due to injury, while Lucas Torreira and Laurent Koscielny are both injury doubts. Alexandre Lacazette is likely to start after his omission from the starting eleven last time out against Watford.
Napoli are favourites to win this clash at odds of 7/10, while the draw is odds of 10/3 and Arsenal are odds of 15/4 to record a victory.
The Gunners should have done enough in the first leg to ensure progression to the last four of the competition. However, Emery’s side cannot afford complacency considering their poor recent record on their travels.
Will Arsenal will finish the job in Naples?