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Arsenal Vs Napoli : Europa League Match, Goal Scorers and Stats


Date: Thursday 11th April
Time: 8:00pm
Stadium: Emirate
Referee: Alberto Undiano (Spain)
Goal Scorer:

Team News:
Two of the Europa League's big guns face off at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening as Arsenal and Napoli battle it out for a place in the semi-finals.
The Gunners cruised through the group stage but have made hard work of their two knockout-stage fixtures thus far, while Napoli travel to London for this first leg on the back of wins over also-rans FC Zurich and Red Bull Salzburg.


Arsenal
Sokratis Papastathopoulos is back from suspension for Arsenal after missing the second leg against Rennes and, given that he is now banned for two domestic matches, he seems certain to start this one.

Fellow centre-back Laurent Koscielny missed the defeat to Everton and remains doubtful for Thursday night, while midfielder Granit Xhaka is also rated as 50-50 by Emery.
Emery named Serie A-bound Aaron Ramsey and top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench at Goodison Park, so both men are in contention to start against Napoli.
Four Arsenal players have experience of playing against Napoli in the Italian top flight - Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi and Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Iwobi; Aubameyang, Lacazette
Recent form in Europa League: WWLWLW 
Recent form (all competitions): DLWWWL

Napoli 
Napoli will have highly-rated defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Nikola Maksimovic back in their ranks, meanwhile, after both players missed their side's last European match through suspension.
Lorenzo Insigne and Faouzi Ghoulam both returned to the Napoli squad at the weekend, with the former boasting 13 goals and seven assists this season.
Elsewhere, Amadou Diawara and Raul Albiol are carrying injuries and David Ospina - on loan from Arsenal but eligible to play against his parent club - is also expected to miss out because of a head injury suffered last month.
Napoli possible starting lineup:
Meret; Malcuit, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui; Callejon, Allan, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski; Imsigne, Mertens
Recent form in Europa League: WWWL 
Recent form (all competitions): DLWWLD

Head To Head
Arsenal and Napoli have met just twice before in Europe, both games coming in the 2013-14 season.
The Gunners won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the group stage of the Champions League, before losing by the same scoreline at the Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli have lost seven and drawn one of their previous eight away matches against English opposition, going down to Burnley, Leeds United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and indeed Arsenal.



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