//Arsenal out to secure semi-final place

Arsenal out to secure semi-final place

Arsenal will be looking to take another step towards their goal of winning the Europa League this season on Thursday when they face Napoli.

Last Thursday the Gunners took a significant step to a possible semi-final appearance when they overcame the Serie A opposition 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to a strike from Aaron Ramsey and an own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly.

Despite holding the two-goal advantage, Gunners boss Unai Emery is refusing to get too carried away and says the tie is still 50-50.

The Gunners’ away form has been a problem all season and Emery knows they will have to address that if they are to pick up a result in Italy, although they were successful on Monday night in the win at 10-man Watford.

Arsenal are priced at 6/5 in the double chance market as a win or a draw would see them through.

Emery rested Alexandre Lacazette onthe bench for the win over the Hornets and he will be expected to return to the starting line-up alongside Ainsley Maitland-Niles after his cameo from the bench on Monday, but Lucas Torreira is a doubt and may not be risked after sustaining a groin injury

Napoli go into the game in good spirits after a victory over Chievo in Serie A last weekend, where their boss Carlo Ancelotti used a three-man attack and he says he may well do the same on Thursday.

Arkadiusz Milik, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne all started Sunday’s 3-1 win over Chievo and a repeat could be on the cards on Thursday.

Napoli will continue to be without Raul Albiol and Amadou Diawara, while Kevin Malcuit will hope to start against the Gunners after Elseid Hysaj started at right-back at the Emirates.

The Gunners go into the game knowing if they can keep a clean sheet they are through to the semi-final, and they have kept the opposition out in eight of their last 10 matches in the Europa League.

An early goal for Napoli , who are priced at 7/2 to be leading after 15 minutes, is likely to open the game up and inspire a partisan crowd in Naples.

2019-04-17T14:49:10+00:00 April 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |