Europa League: Confirmed Arsenal Lineup to Face Napoli


It's Napoli vs Arsenal, the return leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals coming up in a matter of minutes.

The Gunners got to this stage through the elimination of Rennes in tense battles between the sides and have continued their impressive journey by trashing Carlo Ancelotti's team 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium last week.

The North London club are at advantage going into the tie but concerns are on high over their stunted away form so far this season. Evidence of their pathetic display on the road can be seen in the stat which states that the only clean sheet Arsenal have kept away from home in the league came in Monday night's 1-0 win over Watford.

Arsenal last traveled to Italy in this competition in the last-sixteen last season where they won AC Milan 2-0.

To build on that result, Unai Emery has named a strong side to lock horns with Napoli tonight. Below is the starting lineup and subs to feature against the Serie A giants.


Starting XI: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Mustafi, Elneny, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi

The hosts have got an almost impossible task before them. To qualify, they will have to win by a three-goal margin,

In the last sixteen times that Arsenal have won the first leg of a major European knockout match by two goals or more, they have progressed to the next stage.

Napoli, on the other hand, have crashed out on the last eight occasions they lost the first leg of a major European knockout match.

Tonight's encounter will be Unai Emery's 50th in charge since coming in to replace Arsene Wenger in May 2018.

The Spanish boss has won 25 games in the knockout stages of the Europa league - the highest by any manager.

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