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

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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)
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  3. Score draw

    23.5%
  4. Napoli win

    13.7%
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  1. Mo Britain

    Mo Britain Doom Monger

    You have to give their keeper some credit.
     
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  2. arsenefc

    arsenefc Obsessed With Guendouzi

    but doozi played 90 then and 0 now.
     
  3. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne Wenger once said "I will miss you"

    Thought Özil had a good game. Can see he’s getting frustrated though. Several times he gave the ball to Kolasinac and then ran into an open space to get the ball back and Kola either didn’t look or turned away with the ball. Once Özil raised his hands in frustration.

    When Iwobi came on for him he’s all energy but no finesse around the box, just like Kola.

    Özil and Ramsey together with their one twos looked class in a class, such a shame Ramsey missed that one shot, otherwise he’d have been our best player, although Torreira also shone through with an excellent game.
     
  4. arsenefc

    arsenefc Obsessed With Guendouzi

    and the referee..unlike that ****ass turd referee in the Everton game
     
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  5. Mo Britain

    Mo Britain Doom Monger

    I do not subscribe to the notion that he is a liability and clearly neither does Emery.
     
  6. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Yes that is fair but both our strikers missed sitters and took too many touches on about 4 occasions each. Not good enough.
     
  7. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Both of them fluffed easy chances. I was fuming. They looked like the last ten years of bad Danny Welbeck misses rolled into a compilation tape. Feck me it was atrocious! Laca missing with his left. PEA's weird little pansy chip shot. Poor touches. Horrible positioning. PEA not going in for a header and being pushed over by a fart like wind. Pathetic. I was not impressed. We had like 17 or 18 clear cut chances that we did not finish. We could have been wrapped up at 4-0 within the first 30 minutes.
     
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  8. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Established Member

    I find it interesting how Napoli are confident of turning things around. They genuinely believe they are superior.
     
  9. albakos

    albakos Arséne Wenger: "I will miss you" Administrator

    This win felt like one of those when you're frustrated after a win. We missed so many clear goalscoring chances, that I really hope we don't get to rue them when a energetic home crowd pushes Napoli forward in second leg.
     
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  10. Mo Britain

    Mo Britain Doom Monger

    Maybe they know something about the referee that we don't? Man for man we are clearly superior. There might be 3 of their players who could get into our team?

    I suspect our bench is far stronger too.
     
  11. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    I thought Ramsey was our best player regardless. Several other times he made runs which nobody saw. Worked his socks off for the goal and put in several worthy tackles.
    Yes, that is it. If we concede 3 away from home I'll be bleak and we have every chance of conceding 3 away without scoring
     
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  12. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne Wenger once said "I will miss you"

    And if our misses weren’t bizarre enough, they missed some ridiculous chances as well. It was a strange match when you see professionals miss so many easy chances. These guys are paid a fortune for their ability.
     
  13. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    They are quite strong at thier ground they outplayed Liverpool when in CL. But seeing we got very good advantage a goal there should be enough
     
  14. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator



    Hopefully they ban them.
     
  15. Dutch D

    Dutch D Well-Known Member

    Despite the good result, I'm not entirely happy with this game.

    I thought we looked vulnerable to through balls into space, despite playing a back three. Honestly, I get that it is our current best formation, but I sincerely hope we get a solid LB and CB and go back to a 4-3-3 variant next season.

    I thought our technical ability was relatively poor. Looking at the Ajax game the day before I see a squad that is much more comfortable to pass to players under pressure. Saw so many sloppy first touches or passes, which I'm not used to as an Arsenal fan. At the same time we did provide some moments of technical brilliance and beautiful passing movements, so they are capable of it, it's just highly inconsistent.

    And our attacking play is mediocre. It has been in a lot of games this season, so I'm actually quite surprised how many goals we have scored given that we have looked rather toothless in many games. Kolasinac, Auba, and Laca really should have done a lot better.

    Anyways, we have a good position for the return match, should be able to get to the next round quite comfortably.
     
  16. drippin

    drippin Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I understand. It's just that Napoli missed 1 clear goal (back post Zielinski) and one great chance (Insigne). With our away form this is pretty good result still.

    Surely capable of sitting a bit back and hitting at least one on the counter, if we don't have to play two of our worst middlefielders at the same time (Guendouzi has been very good often though. Elneny cannot match good opposition, but is good squad player to have.)
     
  17. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    I'm confident we'll score away, 2-0 should be enough to go there with but you never know with Arsenal, especially away.
     
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  18. asukru

    asukru Well-Known Member

    I predict 3-1 and we win on away goals
     
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  19. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    Our passing stats are significantly down this season. Last night it was 79%, at home, which is almost unheard of under Wenger. Lots of heavy first touches and over-elaboration. I do think it's a symptom of playing high intensity front foot pressing game. It's hard to bring the energy down when you do get the ball.
     
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  20. Aussie_gunner123

    Aussie_gunner123 Well-Known Member

    Watching that game, that was a very good performance in the 1st half, we hardly did a thing wrong in the 1st half but that was a game of 2 halves you could say. We took advantage of our half with 2 good goals, Napoli didnt in the 2nd half though. It would have been preferable to get a 3rd goal in one of our counter attacks or another one in the 1st half.

    The 2nd leg, if we are able to get the 1st goal that would be ideal & that would be very hard for them especially if we'd have the 1st away goal. They missed a few sitters tonight mind you. A 2-0 1st leg lead is a good start to the tie though. Torreira, Ramsey, AMN & Özil were our best players, we can see how much we've missed Toreirra last few games.
     
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