Pierre Emerick Aubameyang says Arsenal will head to Italy full of confidence after an impressive 2-0 win over Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.
Aaron Ramsey’s strike and Lucas Torreira’s deflected effort put us in charge inside 25 minutes and while the Gabon international, leading the line, probably should have added to the scoreline, he was pleased with the way his teammates managed the threat of the visitors.
“I think we played well and it was important to win,” he told Arsenal.com.
“I think we had a lot of chances to score more goals, but we didn’t concede and that is a good point, that’s really important. Now we will go to Napoli with a lot of confidence and we will go there to score goals.
“We talked before the game that it was important to be strong defensively and that was the key today. We defended well, the strikers as well. I think we played well.”
While an Arsenal goal in the San Paulo next Thursday would leave Napoli needing to score four goals to progress, Aubameyang recognises that recent poor form on the road – we’ve won only two of our last 12 games away from the Emirates – means nobody in red and white will be resting on their laurels.
“We know away we have some difficulties” he conceded. “We have to improve that. As I said before we are confident. We had a good result today and we have everything in our hands. We go there and will try to win the game.
“Of course, because if you win there I think you send a message to everybody. It will be an important game and a good challenge for us.
He added: “I think we will play with confidence and I am sure we will do something, because now they have to score goals so they will attack and for sure they will leave space for us. That will be great for us.
“I am not really worried. We will give everything and I am sure we will go through.”
Here’s hoping we don’t torpedo our confidence with a half-arsed showing at Watford on Monday.