Napoli vs Arsenal
After a couple of thrilling nights of Champions League football, Thursday brings the return of the Europa League.
Can Arsenal complete the job away at Napoli to reach the semifinals?
The Gunners travel to Italy with a 2-0 advantage from the first-leg of their quarterfinal tie.
Of course, even if they fail to finish in the top four in the league, Arsenal would gain entry into next season’s Champions League if they win this competition.
Ozil out, Aubameyang out
The Times have gone about predicting the likely line-ups for the Napoli vs Arsenal fixture.
Neither Mesut Ozil nor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang feature in the projected Arsenal XI.
Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match-winner last Monday night in the Premier League away at Watford.
After the Watford game, Aubameyang revealed on Sky Sports that he prefers playing in a two-man attack with Alexandre Lacazette.
However the Gabon forward has often struggled to lock down a starting berth. The Times believe Unai Emery will leave him on the bench at Napoli.
Ozil has also repeatedly been left out Arsenal’s eleven in away matches this season. Plenty of home matches too.
Arsenal likely XI vs Napoli
Petr Cech will continue to turn out in the Europa League over Bernd Leno.
Emery is also predicted to play with three at the back.
Napoli predicted XI
Napoli are set to line up in a 4-4-2, as follows:
A Meret — E Hysaj, N Maksimovic, K Koulibaly, M Rui — J Callejón, Allan, F Ruiz, P Zielinski — L Insigne, D Mertens.