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Champions League preview: Arsenal v Napoli

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Wenger will be hoping his side can maintain their good form (©GettyImages)
Wenger will be hoping his side can maintain their good form (©GettyImages).

Since Arsenal's home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening weekend of this year's campaign, the Gunners have won every Premier League game and all three Champions League games .

This Tuesday, Arsenal host Rafa Benitez's Napoli, at the Emirates Stadium. These two teams were drawn together in Group F, along with Borussia Dortmund and Marseille, in the so called 'Death Group'.

Napoli currently lie second in the Serie A table after six games. Roma lead the table on 18 points, two ahead of Napoli.

Last season this tie would not have been seen as such a tough game for Arsenal, but after the signing of many big names such as Gonzalo Higuain, and Raul Albiol, they have started well, and despite the likely absence of Higuain and Albiol, they will no doubt give Arsenal a tough time.

Higuain is suffering from a calf problem, and is a major doubt for Tuesday's game, a big loss for the Azzurri.

Napoli attempted to replace Edinson Cavani, who left the Italian side for PSG in the summer. This move brought in £53million, allowing them to splash the cash on top quality players, one of which, Pepe Reina, played under Benitez at Liverpool a few years back.

Napoli beat Dortmund 2-1 at home on Matchday One, the same scoreline Arsenal defeated Marseille by, at the Stade Velodrome.

The Gunners remain without the services of Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, as well as new signing Yaya Sanogo. Arsenal will be able to use Tomas Rosicky after his recent spell on the sidelines.

Napoli will not be able to use three key players; Albiol, Gonzalo Higuain, and Christian Maggio. With this in mind, Arsenal are probably playing Napoli at the best time, so we should see more of a contest in the return game in Italy.


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