Arsenal played hosts to Napoli at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals and eased to a comfortable 2-0 win. The Gunners had numerous chances and should have scored more than the two they did, and will hope they do not end up regretting not scoring more.
Here are three things we learned from Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Napoli.
3. Arsenal will miss Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey was the key to Arsenal’s attacking threat throughout the game, and had numerous chances to score. Ramsey opened the scoring for Arsenal, putting the ball past the Napoli goalkeeper after a slick move from the Gunners.
The English team will miss his services when he leaves in the summer and manager Unai Emery is certain to struggle to find a replacement.
2. Lacklustre Napoli
Napoli did not create a lot of chances in the game, with only two real chances in the entire match. The Italian team would need to step up their game if they are to progress to the semifinals, although unlike Arsenal, they do not really need to win the Europa League in terms of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
1. Away form
Considering how poor Arsenal are on their travels, a two goal lead does not seem to be enough to get them through to the semifinals. They will need to at least score one at Napoli and have to be defensively stingy if they are to progress in the competition and give their chances of Champions League qualification a boost.
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