The majority of football fans around the world have almost become numb to the summer transfer window – but for some, they still consider it to be a pretty entertaining process. One such example of this chaos is on display during the current Kieran Tierney saga, and for the sake of our sanity, we aren’t even going to try and link you to what the supposed ‘latest’ is, because nobody really knows what the truth is anymore.
David Ospina is close to leaving Arsenal and joining Napoli on a permanent basis, according to Football.London.
The Colombian spent the 2018/19 season with the Serie A side on loan, making a total of 24 appearances in all competitions; cleverly crafted by Napoli as 25 games would have made the permanent switch for a sum of £4 million mandatory. It was a deliberately devised plan which, Napoli hope, will enable them to sign the goalkeeper now for £3 million.
Everton 1-0 Arsenal
The disclaimer here is that Everton have been playing some really nice stuff in recent weeks, but at the same time, this isn’t a game Arsenal should’ve been losing – not by a long shot. They were just thoroughly outplayed from an attacking perspective and while they may have had the majority of the possession, they just weren’t able to do anything with it.
Arsenal 2-0 Napoli
On Thursday night, Arsenal recorded a 1-0 win at Napoli in the Europa League quarter-final second leg. The win saw the Gunners progress to the semi-finals with a 4-0 aggregate victory.
It is a great testament to Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s performance as Gunners boss that the above question is even realistic. Last season at this stage of the season the team from north London were still in the Europa League but were miles off the Champions League spots in the Premier League.
Arsenal beat Napoli 1-0 last night in the UEFA Europa League, confirming their passage into the semi finals of the competition with a 3-0 aggregate victory. The game wasn’t pretty at times and it wasn’t anywhere near as entertaining as the Chelsea/Slavia Prague game, but in the end, it didn’t really need to be. Beyond just the win, though, there’s one major compliment that we can give the Gunners: it was a professional performance.
Today is the day when the future of Arsenal’s Europa League campaign is decided. The squad have travelled to Naples in order to take on Italian giants Napoli, in the kind of game that they were predicted by many to lose over two legs prior to the 2-0 triumph in the first leg. Of course, we all know that you can never be comfortable as a Gunners fan – especially seeing as this second leg is going to be taking place away from the comfort of the Emirates.
There are probably quite a few reasons for fans to be nervous heading into the game tonight, because there’s a lot at stake. At this moment in time Arsenal currently have two potential avenues back into the Champions League, and while you may think we sound like a broken record by bringing that up, let’s face it, that is the end goal here. All of the build-up and hype up to this point has been to get the Gunners back into Europe’s top club competition, and they’re so close now.
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.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are considering the option of bringing Ismael Bennacer back to the club.
The club signed Bennacer from French club Arles-Avignon as an 18-year-old prospect back in 2015, with Arsene Wenger still in charge of the team. However, he failed to impress sufficiently in training and was given only one competitive first-team appearance, and that in the League Cup against Sheffield Wednesday.
If we’ve learned one thing over the course of the last few decades in the world of football, it’s that remaining as safe as you possibly can be is one of the most important aspects of the game. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a player, a media member or a fan, because one way or another, that should be the main priority. We aren’t suggesting you can’t have fun at the same time, but what we are saying is that you need to be reasonable about it.