Napoli vs Arsenal: team news and predicted starting XI

Olivier loved nothing more than to dislocate the jaws of the unsuspecting.

Morning, folks.

Before I get into talking about the match, I feel compelled to point you all in the direction of the latest Goonersphere Podcast. Joining Daniel and I were newcomer @LewBob91 and the chatterbox that is @LittleWillAFC and it turned out to be a great show. Okay… It gets a little weird halfway through, and it’s kinda my fault, but I strongly recommend you take a moment to listen.

We ought qualify today. Barring something stupendously bloody awful happening, we’ll be through one way or the other. That, dear friends, worries me slightly. I’m going to keep this preview as short as possible as I’m tired beyond comprehension and I’d like to go to bed.

So, here’s the team news and how I see Arsenal lining up:

Sagna is alleged to be fully recovered from his hamstring troubles, but is unlikely to feature. Carl Jenkinson will continue to deputise. Don’t expect to see Sanogo and Diaby, as both have been made into glue. With a very important game at The Ethiad coming our way this weekend, I can see some rotation of players. Perhaps something like this:

Vs Napoli?

Assuming we don’t suffer a heavy loss tonight, we’ll qualify in 2nd place at the very least. Napoli have nothing to lose so I expect them to come at us, try to grab an early goal and hope to put us under pressure. Counter-attacking will probably be our best form of getting a goal, and the pace of Theo will be vital.

I’m confident about this one, but not to the point of being unable to worry. I shall predict a 1-1 draw with the odd scare thrown in for good measure.

What do you think? Let me know your thoughts on how the team will line-up and the end result in the comments section below.

As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

3 thoughts on “Napoli vs Arsenal: team news and predicted starting XI”

  1. I see Napoli foolishly running at us, throwing everything at us. Then on the counter we catch them napping and score. Arsenal beating them in Naples again. After all Wenger is not shy of winning away at Italy.

  2. I think it will be a win for Arsenal. I don’t see AW making that many changes. I think we’ll absorb some pressure and counter attack.

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