Napoli v Arsenal: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture in Naples

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Arsenal need only a draw tonight when they face off against Napoli in order to progress to the knock out stages of the Champions League. The Gunners sit atop of Group F with 12 points, 3 points clear of second place Borussia Dortmund and Napoli.

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Arsenal have won 4 out of their 5 European matches with both Napoli and Borussia Dortmund having won 3. Napoli are still firmly in the mix of securing a Champions League knock out spot. The Partenopei could draw and go through, but they would need Dortmund to lose at a Marseille side who are still seeking their first point in the competition.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping his sides domestic form continues in Europe come Wednesday. His team are 5 points clear at the top of the Premier League, having won 4 of their last 5 games. If Arsenal were to qualify tonight they would reach the knockout stage of the Champions League for the 11th season in a row.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm


Arsenal 2 (Ozil, Giroud) Napoli 0, Champions League, Group Stage, October 2013


Napoli must win by a three goal margin to secure a place in the last-16, regardless the result of the other game.

Mesut Özil has scored only once in an away game in the Champions League - at Allianz Arena, back in April 2012.

The Partenopei haven't kept a single clean sheet over their last 12 games between Champions League and Europa League.

The Gunners have won five of their last six Champions League fixtures between this and last season.


Napoli to win: 2.45

Arsenal to win: 2.9

Draw: 3.25

TV: Live on Sky Sports 2 at 7.45pm, highlights on Sky Sports 2 at 10.00pm