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EUROPA LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 Napoli: Unai Emery’s superb Gunners clinch victory after dominant performance

PUBLISHED: 21:48 11 April 2019 | UPDATED: 22:12 11 April 2019

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) and Napoli's Elseid Hysaj battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, first leg match at The Emirates Stadium, London. PA

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) and Napoli's Elseid Hysaj battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, first leg match at The Emirates Stadium, London. PA

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Arsenal beat Napoli at the Emirates on Thursday. Read on for Layth Yousif’s match report.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, first leg match at The Emirates Stadium, London. PAArsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, first leg match at The Emirates Stadium, London. PA

Arsenal beat Napoli 2-0 in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals.

First half goals from Aaron Ramsey and a deflected strike by Lucas Torreira off Kalidou Koulibaly gave the Gunners a crucial victory.

Arsenal look in good shape to reach the Europa League semi-finals after a stunning pereformance eclipsed Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli in the last-eight tie.

Aaron Ramsey slotted home Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ pass to round-up off a flowing team move involving Mesut Ozil and Alex Lacazette to put Unai Emery’s side 1-0 ahead.

Kalidou Koulibaly then scored an own goal after Torreira’s strike deflected off him to wrongfoot goalkeeper Alex Meret.

Napoli, who are second in Serie A, albeit 20 points behind leaders Juventus, host the Gunners in the second leg next Thursday at the San Paolo Stadium.

Follow Arsenal reporter Layth on Twitter @laythy29. Layth will be in Naples for the second leg along with Dan Mountney @JournoDanM


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