Arsenal are unbeaten in eight Europa League (EL) matches at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners’ sole home defeat in their entire history of post-2009 EL participation being an inconsequential 2-1 reverse to Östersunds FK back in February 2018.
The ‘Gunners’ have emerged victorious with a clean sheet in their last three EL outings here, winning the first half 2-0 and the second 1-0 twice in a row.
Even if Arsenal are to concede first against Napoli, a record of in EL home matches where they have conceded first bodes well, with both wins yielding a 3-1 scoreline.
Napoli arrive in London with a chequered away record in this season’s EL, winning once and losing once – both times by a 3-1 scoreline.
Given that, there is potential relevance in the fact that the visitors’ last four away trips (in all competitions) have produced over 1.5 goals and seen the first two match goals shared equally.
There should be no lack of action at the start though, with three of Napoli’s four EL games this year seeing them score inside the first 15 minutes of play. Additionally, three of their last four EL away goals (in 2019 alone) have arrived inside the first half-hour.
Players to watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the first and last Arsenal scorer in their most recent EL game here.
Both legs of the previous round saw Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik score the opening goal for his team inside the first 15 minutes.
Stat attack: Each of Arsenal’s last four competitive home games have seen them win both halves.
Across all competitions and venues, Arsenal have scored first in seven of their last nine matches.
Each of Napoli’s last six games have seen both teams score.
Last matches: ARSENAL
Everton vs Arsenal 1 : 0
Arsenal vs Newcastle 2 : 0
Al Nasr vs Arsenal 2 : 3
Arsenal vs Rennes 3 : 0
Arsenal vs Manchester Utd 2 : 0