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Arsenal FC vs SC Napoli Predicted Lineups: Europa League Predicted Lineups and Arsenal, Napoli Injury News, Suspension Lists and more

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1.96K   //    10 Apr 2019, 17:03 IST

Arsenal will face SSC Napoli on Thursday night in the Europa League quarterfinals
Arsenal will face SSC Napoli on Thursday night in the Europa League quarterfinals

After two days of exciting Champions League football, the UEFA Europa League will come on Thursday to entertain the fans as Unai Emery's Arsenal welcome Italian giants, Napoli at Emirates Stadium.

The battle between Arsenal and Napoli is regarded as one of the most thrilling matches out there in the quarterfinals stage of the competition. This electrifying encounter could prove as the season decider as two favourites for the title will come up against each other.

In their last match, Arsenal faced an awful defeat against Everton, whereas Napoli drew with Genoa. Both teams will be looking to show their superiority as the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette will come face-to-face against Koulibaly and Mertens.

Team news:

There are no major injuries for the home side as the squad captain, Laurent Koscielny could make his return in the starting lineup. Swiss midfielder, Granit Xhaka is likely to miss the match due to some injury issues, although a late fitness test is waiting for the midfielder. The Gunners also don't have any kind of suspension concerns.

On the other hand, the Italian side is going to miss Amadou Diawara, David Ospina and Raul Albiol, who are carrying injuries ahead of the clash. Lorenzo Insigne made a comeback from his injury in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Genoa. Carlo Ancelotti is also not missing any player for suspension.

Arsenal's predicted line-up (3-5-2):

We could see Auba-Laca duo from the start of the game
We could see Auba-Laca duo from the start of the game

Unai Emery is likely to bring his team in a conservative 3-5-2 formation. The Spanish manager could bring Bernd Leno, who has played 26 games for The Gunners this season in the Premier League. Sokratis Papastathopoulos could make his way into the defence with Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish make-shift centreback, Nacho Monreal.

Arsenal could launch their three midfielders at the heart of the midfield, while two fullbacks should be there to provide delightful crosses to the forwards. Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Aaron Ramsey should be the three midfielders for Unai Emery's side. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac could start at the fullback positions.

The Londoners should bring both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to keep the pressure on Napoli's defence. The duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have scored 30 goals this season in Engish Premier League.

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Arsenal FC- Predicted XI
Arsenal FC- Predicted XI

Napoli's predicted line-up (4-4-2):

Kalidou Koulibaly - The star man for SSC Napoli
Kalidou Koulibaly - The star man for SSC Napoli

Carlo would like to pick his team in a defensive 4-4-2 manner. In the absence of David Ospina, Alex Meret could make his way with the gloves in his hands. Kalidou Koulibaly and Nikola Maksimovic could lead the defensive line for the Italian side. While Mário Rui and Elseid Hysajs should start as the fullbacks.

In the midfield, José Callejón should start the match with the likes of Allan, Fabián Ruiz Peña and Piotr Zielinski. José Callejón has played superb football throughout the season. Having 8 assists and 3 individual goals for Napoli, he would be the man to keep an eye on.

Napoli's highest goalscorer, Arkadiusz Milik, who has 16 Serie A goals to his name, should start the match over Lorenzo Insigne. Dries Mertens should lead the front line with Milik in the supporting role.


Napoli- Predicted XI
Napoli- Predicted XI
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