Arsenal have little time to dwell on yet another poor away display last time out, which saw the Gunners beaten comfortably 1-0 by Everton at Goodison Park. Instead, the team from north London will turn their attention to Thursday night’s home game against Napoli.
The Europa League quarter-final first leg clash is a must-win one for Unai Emery’s side, mainly due to their inability to win away from home, even against the likes of BATE Borisov.
Arsenal strong on home soil
Arsenal are such a Jekyll and Hyde team. As bad as their recent away form is, there home form has been the exact opposite. To be precise the Gunners head into Thursday night’s clash on the back of a seven-game winning run at the Emirates Stadium in all competitions
Home advantage works wonders for the confidence of the Arsenal players. They go out expecting to win almost every home game. Only top-four teams Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City have won at Arsenal this season.
The Gunners main strength on home soil is their fearsome attack, which has now managed to notch at least two goals in ten of their last 11 matches on home soil.
Incredibly at the other end of the pitch, the team from north London has also conceded just one goal in their last six home games in all competitions. Their defensive record on home soil to away from home is in stark contrast.
Napoli are a very good team
The draw for the last quarter-finals of the competition was harsh on Arsenal, as Napoli are a very good team. The Gunners may well have been handed the toughest draw possible in the Europa League.
Napoli have been perennial runners-up to Italian champions Juventus in Serie A in recent years. It looks like the club from Naples are set for another runners-up spot in the Italian top-flight this season. However, there is no shame in coming second to Juventus, who are regarded as one of the best teams in the European game.
Arsenal have a chance of progression
There seemed to be a lot of doom and gloom about drawing Napoli in the quarter-finals from Arsenal fans. Napoli are not invincible, though. The Gunners have a good chance to progress to the last four of the Europa League for a second straight season.
However, it is imperative for Arsenal to win Thursday’s first leg tie at the Emirates Stadium. If they do not claim a win this week, then they will have a very difficult task on their hands to make the semi-finals of the competition.
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