What can Arsenal expect from Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals?

Aubrey Yates
March 16, 2019

"I prefer to face them in the final", he added.

On the other hand, Spain does have the guarantee of one representative in the semi-final of the tournament, and the path of the draw ensures that either Villarreal or Valencia will be paired with the victor of the tie between Arsenal and Napoli in the semi-final.

Of all the sides Arsenal could have been matched with in the quarter-finals, Napoli were up there with Chelsea and Valencia as one of the least favourable.

Whoever goes through will be up against one of Villarreal or Valencia, another tough tie.

The draw will originally match teams up for the quarter-finals next month.

Unai Emery

Chelsea will take on Slavia Prague in the last eight following the draw in Nyon, which also produced an all-Spanish clash between Villarreal and Valencia.

Victory on Merseyside would be a major boost to their hopes of finishing in the Champions League places, then, although it would take a win by six clear goals for them to end the day in fourth.

Sarri was equally delighted with the performance of his side, who did not let their 3-0 lead coming into the match deter them from equalling their biggest European away win since the 1970s, scoring five on the night in Ukraine without reply. Manager Maurizio Sarri will likely restore Higuain to the line-up when Chelsea travel to Everton this weekend.

Things could get very tasty indeed come 29th May.

Insigne has grown from peripheral figure into key man during his time at Napoli, where he rose through the ranks. Spurs' victors in the world's oldest football competition Crystal Palace are facing Watford in the Quarter-Finals. Ancelotti has the ability to rotate Milik, Mertens and Insigne in the forward positions, meaning Arsenal will need to watch out for clever switches in and out.

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