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Arsenal v Napoli

10th April 2019, 13:10 by Jack Ogalbe

In one of the ties of the Europa League last-eight, Arsenal will look to make home advantage count against Napoli on Thursday.

Both clubs are seen as amongst the outright favourites to win the competition and may have felt somewhat aggrieved not to have received a kinder draw in the quarter-finals.

The Gunners lost 1-0 at Everton on Sunday but will be happy to be back at the Emirates, having won their last seven at home and keeping five clean sheets in that time.

After losing away at both BATE Borisov and Rennes in the knockout stage, Unai Emery will feel his team need to win on Thursday but Napoli are starting to stutter with little left to play for in Serie A.

With two victories in their last six in all competitions, the Partenopei were a touch fortunate to get through the last 16 against Salzburg and seem to be running out of steam.

Their away record of just three victories in their last 10 also appears an issue for Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian does have a good record against Arsenal though, winning 5-1 in his last two meetings with the club, albeit that was while in charge of Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti will be boosted by the return from suspension of star defender Kalidou Koulibaly, while Lorenzo Insigne may also feature in attack.

For Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to start, either in place of or alongside Alexandre Lacazette, but there remain doubts over Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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