Arsenal to play Napoli in Europa League quarter-final
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Arsenal to play Napoli in Europa League quarter-final

The Gunners will face Italian side Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Andy Preston

Having made a second-leg comeback against Stade Rennais on Wednesday night, Arsenal learned their fate in this afternoon’s draw and will play Napoli over two legs in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

With the quarter-final and semi-final draws made consecutively, the Gunners will play either Villarreal or Valencia if they qualify from their quarter-final tie.

The first leg of the quarter-final will take place on the 11th April with the return leg being played on the 18th April.

Previous meetings

Arsenal and Napoli have only faced each other twice in the club’s histories, which was in the 2013 Champions League group stages where Arsenal recorded a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium as Mesut Ozil scored his first goal for the club before Napoli defeated Arsenal by the same scoreline in Naples.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side currently sit in second place in the Serie a table and qualified for the quarter-finals as they narrowly defeated RB Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate.

Last 16 comeback

It took a dramatic turnaround at the Emirates Stadium last night to qualify as Arsenal secured a 3-0 victory with a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a first home goal from Ainsley Maitland-Niles to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate.

Victory in the competition would secure a place in next years Champions League as Unai Emery looks to win the competition for a fourth time in his career having won it three consecutive years at Sevilla.