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UEFA Europa League 2018/19: 3 reasons why Arsenal won against Napoli

Harsh Pillai
ANALYST
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12 Apr 2019, 17:31 IST

#2 Sokratis and Koscielny's robust partnership

Arsenal v S.S.C. Napoli - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: First Leg
Arsenal v S.S.C. Napoli - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: First Leg

If there is one thing Arsenal are good at except for scoring infinite goals, it is keeping clean sheets at home. They are on an 8-game winning streak at home, scoring nearly 21 goals and conceding just 2.

Sokratis and Captain Kos have formed a resurgent defensive partnership at the back. The 3-man defense formation is doing the job for Arsenal, and Monreal is playing a huge part in holding the fort as well.

Insigne and Mertens were asked to clash their swords with Sokratis and Koscielny, and the latter duo came out with flying colors. Napoli sure had their chances to tilt the scoreline a bit, but overall, Arsenal's defense closed down as many channels as possible, forcing Napoli to play wide. Arsenal took a last minute call on whether to include Laurent for the game or not, and it seems that the decision has paid off.

Arsenal travel to Naples with a 2-goal lead and the Gunners would yet again rely on their defense to get the win or draw next week at San Paulo.

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