Arsenal’s Champions League trip to Napoli could be behind closed doors

Arsenal could meet Champions League opponents Napoli behind closed doors, the Guardian has reported, as the Serie A side face punishment for crowd trouble during the fixture with Marseille.

UEFA will confirm the penalty for Napoli at the end of this week and it is feared by Napoli that the governing body will impose a heavy reprimand, affecting the final Group F fixture, to be played on December 11. The Gunners do not expect to have their fans banned from the San Paolo stadium, but it remains a possibility that the ground will be closed entirely.

There was fighting outside the San Paolo before Napoli’s 3-2 win over Marseille, with riot police needed to restore order. 10 people were hurt in the disturbance, while flares were left off inside the ground as Napoli moved joint top of the standings with the win over the French side.

Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund in Germany at the same time to share top spot with Napoli, and Rafael Benitez’s side go to last season’s runners-up prior to hosting the Premier League leaders. When Arsenal and Napoli met in London, Arsene Wenger’s team came out as victors, taking a 2-0 win with goals from Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud.

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