It’s been a hot second since Arsenal were in action, but Thursday night might just be one of the most important days this season for the club.
The Europa League has drifted away from the minds fans of Arsenal following a lengthy international break and a damming loss away to Everton on the weekend, but with top four now looking like a challenge in the league, Europa League glory could be the Gunners ideal opportunity for Champions League qualification.
That is, of course, if they can get past Italian side Napoli, who are one of the favourites for the competition and arguably the hardest team Arsenal could draw in this stage of the Europa League.
The Gunners have the advantage with the first leg taking place at home at the Emirates Stadium, and if Unai Emery can lead his side to a memorable win without conceding a goal against Carlo Ancelotti’s team, something Arsenal have done in the past, the north London side will be in a healthy position going into the dreaded away leg at the Sao Paulo.
Arsenal’s form away from home has been well documented this season, and their woes on the road have bled into the European games as well with the Gunners losing both their away legs in the knockout stage of the Europa League this season.
If the Gunners are to return to the Champions League this season, it will be ideal for Emery to focus on both the league and Europa League with the same importance.
Arsenal’s away form has made them unpredictable this season, and a big home win against Napoli is what will be needed should the club aim to succeed in every competition if it means qualification to Europe’s elite competition.
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