Carlo Ancelotti says that his previous wins over Arsenal in European competition have no bearing on tonight’s encounter with his current side Napoli.
The Italian was manager of Bayern Munich when they beat us 5-1 twice in a row, but insists that this will have no impact on what happens at the Emirates tonight, particularly as we’re now under the new management of Unai Emery.
Speaking ahead of the game, the Napoli boss told the press, “Each game is a different story, imagine every season different clubs, different manager so it will a totally different story. That game with Bayern is only a good memory.”
He was then asked about facing a new man in the Arsenal dugout following the departure of Wenger.
“They are different managers with a different style and a different team because new players arrived and so it is a new era,” he continued.
“But Arsenal is still competitive in the Premier League and in Europe, we have a lot of respect of this team, this club and we are honoured to play this quarter-final against them.
“Unai Emery is, in my opinion, a fantastic manager with a lot of knowledge.
“He has experience of this kind of game and the fact he is on the bench of Arsenal will be more difficult for us.”
Emery has selection decisions to make before we face the Serie A outfit, with late fitness decisions to be made over Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny who have both missed the last two Premier League games.