Unai Emery expects Napoli to be more dangerous on home turf after his Arsenal side secured a two-goal advantage with a dominant performance at the Emirates in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.
In a first half reminiscent of the Champions League clash between the two sides in 2013, Aaron Ramsey finished off a sweeping move to give the Gunners the lead on 14 minutes before Lucas Torreira’s deflected strike doubled the lead 11 minutes later.
Having racked up 16 shots on the night and seven on target, Arsenal can count themselves unlucky not to have extended their lead after the break, that said, we’re also grateful for a clean sheet given the visitors squandered two golden openings of their own.
While on paper, it’s advantage Arsenal, our dodgy form on the road means it’s going to be far from a comfortable night next Thursday.
Speaking after the match, Emery said: “I’m 60 per cent happy. We know the first leg today was very important to take good results and a good feeling with our supporters.
“I think we deserved the result. We controlled the match with the ball and positioning. We can take their box with players and scoring two goals.
“We didn’t concede a lot. In the second half was different because they pushed more and had more possession.
“We know it’ll be very difficult there, their performances at home are usually strong performances. They’ll use all their attacking possibilities against us.”
Asked about his tactics for next week’s showdown in Naples, he added: “We think we are more competitive. The idea is not changing, we want to win every match. This result gives us a small difference with them.
“Our target is going to be away also, thinking to win the match. We’ll prepare like that but with respect for them.”