Napoli vs Arsenal - Match preview and team news
Wednesday 11 December 2013
Only a defeat by a three-goal margin in Naples can prevent Arsenal from reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League for yet another season.
If the Gunners - who are three points clear at the top of Group F - can avoid this, it will see them go through as group winners, and it would leave the Italian side to rely on Borussia Dortmund failing to win in Marseille, as although they both have the same points, Dortmund have a superior head-to-head record. Whatever happens, it will take a major capitulation from Arsenal if they are to exit the competition.
Arsene Wenger’s side come into this game in fine domestic form, with 10 points from their last 12 in the Premier League. Only a late Everton equaliser on Sunday prevented them from extending their lead to seven points at the top, as they look to win their first league title for 10 years. Here, they will take inspiration from their comprehensive win over Napoli on Champions League match day two.
Carl Jenkinson will continue to deputise at right-back for the injured Bacary Sagna. Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo are all out, while Theo Walcott could be given his first start since September.
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