Sead Kolasinac says Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Napoli was deserved and puts the Gunners in a good position ahead of next week’s Europa League quarter-final second leg at the San Paulo.
Man of the match Aaron Ramsey finished off a flowing move to open the scoring after 14 minutes and not long after Kalidou Koulibaly inadvertently deflected in a Lucas Torreira strike to double the home side’s lead.
Adding a gloss to a fine performance was the preservation of a clean sheet which the Bosnian confirmed was one of the team’s aims for the night.
“I think we started the game really well from the first minute,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We deserved to take the lead and then added a second goal. We really wanted to keep a clean sheet tonight and are able to do that.
“We studied Napoli before the game and knew where their strengths and weaknesses were. I think we showed that well on the pitch tonight with a good team performance. The win was deserved.”
According to Opta, we’ve progressed from eight of our last nine Europea knockout ties in which we’ve won the first leg, with the only exception coming in 2010/11 when Barcelona bounced back from a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates. While the omens are good, our awful form this season away from home remains a real cause for concern.
“It puts us in a good position, of course, but we know it’s only 2-0,” said Kolasinac.
“What was important was that we kept a clean sheet tonight, but in Naples it will be a completely different game. We’ll need to go in 100 per cent focused, as we did tonight.
“Everyone wants to win the Europa League, but we know there’s still a long way to go. We’re not thinking about that yet, we’re looking from game to game. We’ve put ourselves in a good position for the return game.”