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Predicted Arsenal XI against Napoli

Arsenal take on Napoli on Thursday evening.

The Gunners take a 2-0 lead to Italy as they look to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals.

Unai Emery has been ebullient in his pre-match statements, insisting, per the Daily Telegraph, that they will attack the Serie A club in the Stadio San Paolo.

He said: “We want to play tomorrow thinking to win, thinking to score, thinking to push, thinking to stop them. Thinking also tactically to be together and thinking when we have the space, to attack the space.

“They have a lot of players with a big quality to push against us and give us a lot of problems but we also have the players to fight against them with our quality.”

There is a likelihood, then, that there will be no shortage of firepower on the pitch when the game kicks off.

Football FanCast has taken a look at the possible XI Emery could pick.

This is a bold selection, with only five players – Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – retaining their places in the XI from the Watford win.

Petr Cech, of course, has played in each knockout game for the Gunners in the Europa League, and kept a clean sheet in the first leg. He is likely to replace Bernd Leno.

Both Shkodran Mustafi and Konstantinos Mavropanos should drop out, with Sokratis drafted into a back three.

Utilising wing-backs adds an extra dimension to the club’s attack, with Mesut Ozil charged with supplying the chances to both Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

It is very much a win or bust XI, but it could well pay off for the risk-taking Emery…

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