Napoli vs Arsenal LIVE: line-ups, score prediction — Arsenal News

Gooner Of Steel brings you the latest Arsenal news, match analysis, transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours from trusted media outlets around the world. Napoli vs Arsenal LIVE Europa League 2018-19 Quarter-final, second leg (2-0 agg) Venue: Stadio San Paolo, Naples Date: Thursday, 18 April, 2019 Kick-off: 8pm GMT, tonight Arsenal head to Naples for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash tonight boasting a 2-0 advantage. The Gunners dominated at the Emirates last week 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. Last season’s semi-finalists could 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. 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. Predicted XIs: Napoli vs Arsenal Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has travelled with the squad for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg at Napoli. The Gunners head to Italy with a 2-0 lead after outplaying their Serie A opponents in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium a week ago. Torreira came off at half-time in Monday’s Premier League win over Watford with a tight groin but is in contention to start in the San Paolo Stadium. Loanee Denis Suarez (groin) has stayed behind in London while long-term absentees Danny Welbeck (ankle), Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin (both knee) are still missing. Napoli are set to be without Amadou Diawara, while Raul Albiol is a doubt depite returning to training ahead of the second leg meeting with Unai Emery’s men. Predicted line-ups Napoli XI: Meret, Hysaj, Koulibaly, Maksimovic, Rui, Callejon, Allan, Zielinski, Ruiz, Milik, Insigne Arsenal XI: Cech, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Ozil, Lacazette Arsenal team news and predicted line-ups Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has travelled with the squad. The Uruguay international came off at half-time in Monday’s Premier League win over Watford with a tight groin but is in contention to start in the San Paolo Stadium. Loanee Denis Suarez (groin) has stayed behind in London while long-term absentees Danny Welbeck (ankle), Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin (both knee) are still missing. Provisional squad: Leno, Cech, Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira, Elneny, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah. 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 Score prediction: Napoli 0-1 Arsenal 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. The Gunners will likely need an away goal and are simply not good enough defensively to sit back and invite too much pressure. They may lose on the night but still squeeze through to the last four, where either Valencia or Villarreal will await.
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