Arsenal vs Napoli: Gunners investigating allegations of racist abuse against Kalidou Koulibaly

Aubrey Yates
April 14, 2019

However, another incident of racism in British and European football marred the match after a clip emerged in which a fan inside the stadium can be heard shouting abuse at Napoli defender Koulibaly.

Unai Emery is hopeful that Arsenal duo Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny will be fit to face Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals tonight, according to James Olley of the Evening Standard.

Elsewhere during Thursday's Europa League fixtures, Chelsea identified three fans shown in footage calling Liverpool's Egypt forward Mohamed Salah "a bomber" and barred them from entering the club's fixture at Slavia Prague.

"I had the same problem here against Tottenham".

"We suffered a lot - they're a very good team and we had to dig in tonight. Hopefully we will find a way to kick it out".

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The Merseyside club has also expressed its gratitude to Chelsea for their prompt action against the perpetrators of racist abuse. The fans were identified by Chelsea Football Club as appearing in a video which has been widely shared on social media.

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"The result is hard to change but we have 90 minutes left", Ancelotti said.

The Gunners pressed forward repeatedly as the half wore on, but were unable to capitalise despite repeated shots on goal from strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Napoli had Meret to thank for numerous saves. As I said before we are confident.

He added: "We know the first leg today was very important for us to take a good result and a good feeling, also with our supporters and with this competition". We go there and will try to win the game.

"His performances in this moment for us [show] that he wants to do something important with us, because I think he feels a lot for Arsenal as a club. It will be an important game and a good challenge for us".

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