Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Against all odds, Arsenal recorded a routine 2-0 win over star-studded Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. The Gunners extended their winning run at home in the European competition to four games, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match at Stadio San Paolo.
Aaron Ramsey, who will leave the capital club in the summer, has been in a thrilling form of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Napoli, on the other hand, have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Arsenal in the return leg and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field in the Stadio San Paolo showdown. The Neapolitans produce much better performances at home than on the travels, therefore, we believe that Carlo Ancelotti’s troops are going to emerge triumphant in the return leg.
Predicted line up: Napoli
Playing style: Counter Attack
Meret; Hysaj, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui, Callejon, Allan, Ruiz, Zielinski, Insigne, Milik
Predicted line up: Arsenal
Playing style: Ball Possession
Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Highlighted Player (Dries Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent.
After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.
Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.