UEL QF 1st Leg: Arsenal v SSC Napoli | April 11, 2019 20:00 BST | BT Sport

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by Rex Banter, Apr 8, 2019.

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What will be the result after the first leg?

Poll closed Apr 12, 2019.
  1. Arsenal win

    62.7%
  2. Goal less draw

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Score draw

    23.5%
  4. Napoli win

    13.7%
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  1. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Knows a guy who knows an ITK at Bristol Trusted

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    So here it is, the big one. Possibly the toughest team left for us to face in the competition and we’ve got them now.

    Big decisions need to be made by Emery about how we approach this, I think key is trying to stop them getting an away goal, I rate our attack too much to blank in both ties. For me set up the team to play deep and hit them on the break.

    Looking at our potential starting line up I’d go with:

    Leno
    AMN - Kos - Sokratis - Monreal
    Ramsey - Torreira - Guendouzi
    Iwobi - PEA - Lacazette

    Obviously dependent on Kos being fit but it’s a huge risk for me to chuck Xhaka in the midfield straight off an injury. We need pace in the front three if we’re going to get after them.

    As for Napoli they’re not in the greatest form right now, despite giving Roma a drubbing recently they lost to Empoli midweek and could only draw against 10 man Genoa on the weekend.

    As has always been the case though, Carlo is a seasoned pro at going deep into European competition and they will be very tough opposition. They arguably should’ve gone through from the CL group, were good value against both PSG and Liverpool.

    Keep an eye out though for Koulibaly, our next CB signing :lol:

    Throwback match:

    This absolute demolition from 2013/14 where we should’ve won by an even bigger margin. Beautiful first Arsenal goal for Özil as well.

     
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  2. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    My feeling is that we usually do well against Italian teams! So hopefully we can keep that on going!
     
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  3. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Knows a guy who knows an ITK at Bristol Trusted

    In the Champions League era we’ve won 14, drawn 7 and lost 9 against Italian teams across all European competition.
     
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  4. Notorious Big

    Notorious Big Drunka In Friend Zone

    Think it'll be 1-1.Napoli is quite good side,offensive balanced and Ancelotti knows how to put right team in Europe.They did well in CL also.

    I have no doubts that we will score,but defence can be real problem.
     
  5. Notorious Big

    Notorious Big Drunka In Friend Zone

    Not so bad record.Seria A was quite strong until 2011 or something like that.Calciopoli runied league.
     
  6. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Yup. Calciopoli put the league in friendzone.
     
  7. lamby22

    lamby22 Well-Known Member

    Napoli's second choice goalkeeper must be poor if he's understudy to Ospina. Fancy us to win but we will need at least a 2 goal margin to get through this tie.
     
  8. Notorious Big

    Notorious Big Drunka In Friend Zone

    At least,we beat Juve in that season.Good times.

     
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  9. lamby22

    lamby22 Well-Known Member

    The game where Cesc Fabregas really came of age.
     
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  10. Hexagon9

    Hexagon9 Well-Known Member

    How does that translate into wins/losses in knockout ties?
     
  11. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Insigne back for so that bad news for us thier attack will be too much for our defense so hopefully we'll not concede that'll make our game at napoli much harder.
    Emery won't go four at the back with unability of niles Mustafi to defend. He'll go 3412 again

    Cech
    Niles Sokratis Mustafi Monreal Kola
    Torreira Ramsey
    Özil
    Lacazzete Auba
     
  12. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    Always fancy us to win at home: three nil to Arsenal...
     
  13. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Knows a guy who knows an ITK at Bristol Trusted

    Our most recent knockout ties vs Italian teams:

    Won in 2017/18 EL last 16 vs AC Milan
    Lost in 2011/12 CL last 16 vs AC Milan
    Won in 2011/12 CL qualifier vs Udinese
    Won in 2008/09 CL last 16 vs AS Roma
    Won in 2007/08 CL last 16 vs AC Milan
    Won in 2005/06 CL QF vs Juventus
    Lost in 1994 European Super Cup vs AC Milan
    Won in 1994 Cup Winners Cup Final vs Parma
    Won in 1994 Cup Winners Cup QF vs Torino

    Edit: Also worth noting our 2003/04 away group game vs Inter was a win or go home match. And of course we all know what happened there...
     
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  14. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    Need a 2-0 or 3-0 coming out of this unless we turn our away form around dramatically for the second leg.
     
  15. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    Emery is a master in this competition. Go all guns blazing from the first minute and blow them away. None of this nonsense of feeling our way into the game or leaving players on the bench 'just in case'.

    ----------------------------Cech------------------------------------
    -------------Koscielny-------Mustafi-------Sokratis------------------
    --AMN----------------------------------------------------Monreal---
    -----------------Torreria--------------Ramsey------------------------
    ------------------------------Özil----------------------------------------
    ----------------------PEA-----------Laca--------------------------------
     
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  16. UpTheGunnerz

    UpTheGunnerz No Longer Phallus Obsessed

    Good eleven, i would start Lichtsteiner over AMN tho.
     
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  17. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    His experience could be invaluable or a hindrance. Think I'd want Licht to start in the away leg.
     
  18. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Would be delighted with this result but unfortunately I can see us conceding Ancelotti is attacking minded coach
     
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  19. Wryer

    Wryer Well-Known Member

    This is a Champions League level match up and we jolly well be up for it. Going in with the same attitude vs Everton and we will be humiliated over two legs.
     
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  20. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Hopefully the team is up for this. Should be a cracker.
     
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