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Amy Lawrence used to be the Emirates and here is what she manufactured from situations:

Ramsey’s submit-fit debrief

“to keep a smooth sheet and ranking a couple of goals is a good looking strategy to begin the first leg. We’re delighted with that. within the second half we suffered loads, they’re an excellent workforce. We needed to dig in. however it’s a perfect begin to the tie.”

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“I must have scored again within the 2nd half of … however this stuff happen sometimes. We’re delighted to have saved a clean sheet. we will go into the 2nd leg with just a little cushion.”

“[Napoli] were unlucky to not go through [in the Champions League] and they’re 2nd in Serie A. They’re a troublesome staff to play against. We realize it’s a tough location to go so we have to be ready.”

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“now we have gained away from dwelling this season so we are able to doing it. We haven’t finished so smartly [away] nowadays however we’re assured we are able to put that right.”

listed here are the opposite outcomes from today’s Europa League quarter-finals:

Slavia Prague zero-1 Chelsea

Villarreal 1-three Valencia

Benfica four-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Full-time: Arsenal 2-0 Napoli

That’s a deserved win for Arsenal, but now not a decisive one. Napoli created sufficient hassle within the second half to signify they’re in a position to overturning this deficit in subsequent week’s 2d leg. Arsenal gained’t be able to find the money for every other shoddy away performance. they can be assured of scoring at least once in Italy in the event that they reproduce the sharpness they showed here, especially in the first 1/2.

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Aaron Ramsey celebrates on the last whistle. photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

90+3 min: Napoli should not finished but. They’re nonetheless attacking. at the least they have been unless Koscielny stepped in to pinch the ball off Zielinski.

ninety+1 min: There might be at the least 4 extra minutes.

89 min: Younes shanks a shot wide from the precise-hand nook of the Arsenal box after the house aspect fail to clear a nook.

88 min: Mkhitaryan claims a loss ball within the centre circle and darts forwards. He plays in Aubemayang to his right. The striker takes a marginally to tee himself up and then pokes his shot from 15 yards …. into the sidenetting!

86 min: Napoli are nonetheless struggling with hard for that away intention … however when an attack breaks down, Aubameyang pounces on the ball and races down the other finish. Koulibaly quickly places a stop to that and then launches a counter-attack.

84 min: Allan attempts to drop a cross from deep over the top of the Arsenal defence. Monreal lines to cut it out, at the cost of a nook. It’s cleared so far as Younes, who has a bash from 25 yards. It’s low and smooth, straightforward pickings for Cech.

Napoli substitution: Younes on, Insigne off.

eighty min: A fluent Arsenal move concludes with Mkhitaryan taking part in a wise move from the right byline to Ramsey, who’s free 10 yards from intention. but he leans back and scoops his shot over the bar! That’s a nasty omit and leaves the tie precariously poised.

seventy eight min: Arsenal seem to have reshaped their priorities. Their major concern now seems to be averting the concession of an away intention.

Arsenal substitution: Elneny on, Torreira off, to very large applause.

seventy five min: Ramsey leads another attack, loping forward with reducing grace. He swaps passes with Iwobi after which feeds Kolasinac, who is moderately less blessed with grace. He rushes his go from within the field, banging it straight into a defender when teammates had been calling for a faucet-in.

seventy two min: Insigne skitters down the precise to gather a cross from Hysaj. He plays in a phenomenal pass on the run across the face of purpose. Zielinski, arriving in area at the back post, has a fantastic probability to plunder an away intention … but he slides in awkwardly and nudges the ball excessive and broad. With more composure he would have simply slot into the online. What a let-off for Arsenal!

sixty nine min: Kolasinac bombs down the left and into the box earlier than firing a hard ball across the face of intention. The keeper pushes it 1/2-away. It falls to Maitland-Niles, who tries to smash it into the net first time from eight yards. He drills it into the ground, and the keeper adjusts speedy to push the bouncing ball to safety.

sixty eight min: Ramsey is crowded out in midfield – a symptom of how the game has changed – and Napoli attack down the appropriate. Insigne’s cross is cleared at the close to put up.

Arsenal substitutions: Mkhitaryan and Iwobi on, Lacazette and Ozil off. shrewd strikes by means of Emery. He has acknowledged that the momentum had swung in opposition to Napoli and his crew want fresh thrust.

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Unai Emery gestures on the sidelines. photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Napoli substitution: Milik on, Mertens off. The Belgian has been quiet.

sixty four min: a little bit of anxiety is creeping into the home crowd as Napoli begin to play with extra zip, stretching Arsenal’s defence more.

sixty three min: Monreal makes a panicky clearance after Zielinski spoons the ball acros the face of intention from the left.

sixty two min: Oh! That was once a significantly better go, a phenomenal dink over the top through Insigne. however Mertens didn’t get a touch on it as he tried to flick a header previous Cech.

sixty one min: Rui overhits a move from the left. Their remaining cross has been systematically woegeous up to now.

fifty eight min: Arsenal work a clever nook, Ozil tipping it to Kolasinac, who rolls it into Ramsey, who lets fly from 10 yards. The keeper does smartly to push it over. From the following corner Monreal heads over from eight yards.

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Mesut Ozil shields the ball from Allan of Napoli. photo: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

fifty seven min: Kolasinac clips a pleasant pass through to Ozil, who nonchalantly helps it on to Aubameyang. operating into the left-hand aspect of the box, Aubemeyang tries to blast a shot earlier the final defender and into the online, but it’s diverted out for a nook.

fifty five min: Napoli are taking a look a slightly more sprightly, but Arsenal stay bad, too. the following intention in this might the one on which the tie is really determined. “So due to the fact Koulibaly scored for Arsenal does that imply they get to maintain him?” pleads Dwight Moe. “I’m certain the club would give up Mustafi to make up the numbers…” What can be truly interesting would be if Liverpool signed him. Pair him with Van Dijk and they would by no means concede again.

fifty three min: Cech slides in to check out to prevent the ball going out of play however he slides out of play with it, conceding a nook. Koulibaly meets the supply and nods over, by way of the fingertips off Cech.

fifty two min: Insigne slots the ball into the online after receiving a go while about three yards offside. No purpose. “Get it proper, you idiot!” barfs Andy Goodison. “Uefa has credited the 2d purpose to Torreira, so why don’t you?” have you been in secret talks with Uefa, Andy? as a result of idiotic me is just going by using what their legit website online is pronouncing and what my own eyes instructed me: that Torreira’s shot used to be going broad unless the inadvertent deflection off Koulibaly.

48 min: crimson alert at the again for Arsenal as Monreal fail to intercept a protracted move from deep. abruptly Insigne is operating free down the precise. however his vulnerable go is put behind for a nook, which is cleared.

forty seven min: Hysaj booked for a lazy foul on Lacazette near half of-way.

46 min: The groups re-emerge for the 2d half of, to the sound of Tears for Fears over the stadium PA. No, not Shout – this is the Emirates, in spite of everything.

“an awfully solid 45 minutes for Arsenal,” confirms Pete Mumola. “can be fascinating to peer if they retain up the pressure or center of attention on possession for the smooth sheet. I’d take 2-0 over three-1, in my view.”

“9 photographs on track!?” gasps Wendell D’Souza. “indisputably the away fixture won’t trouble them too much?” you are obviously now not conversant in the absurd riddle that is Arsenal’s dwelling/away mindfail.

inform you who’s playing this healthy, apart from Arsenal fans: Juventus. because Ramsey has been ideally suited in midfield, full of sharpness and finesse. Torreira has been good in there, too, and Maitland-Niles is having a blinder from right wingback.

half of-time: Arsenal 2-0 Napoli

“It’s been terrific from Arsenal,” exults Charles Antaki. “however they’re having the grace to lighten it cup with a good dash of the comedy element – abundant misplaced passes, mysterious runs, and the supreme air-kick through Lacazette. but in any other case it’s all going neatly. Too smartly, surely?” not well, enough, I’d say. They’ll need at the least every other purpose bearing in mind that there’s still an away leg to come back. however on the proof up to now, they’re definitely able to scoring once more. They’ll wish to control the spaces behinh their wingbacks, though, as a result of that’s where Napoli have threatened on the uncommon occasions they’ve hinted at nicking an away goal.

forty four min: What an opportunity! Allan caught out Kolasinac with a pass into the correct-hand channel. Callejon scampered on to it and pulled the ball again to Insigne, who had a free shot from 15 yards. the thrill overwhelmed the striker and he blazed miles over!

forty three min: Ozil dances between two Napoli avid gamers in midfield … however then runs into Koulibaly. Dribble over.

42 min: A stray cross by means of Ramsey units up a Napoli assault, which ends with a token shot from lengthy range with the aid of Rui. It sails high over the bar.

41 min: It’s virtually a cut-and-paste move. Arsenal win the ball in midfield and zoom forward once more. This time it concludes with Maitland-Niles slipping a pass thru to Aubemayang, who tries to lob the keeper on the run from shut vary. It’s saved simply.

39 min: over again Arsenal win the ball in midfield – they are absolutely lording it in there – and that sets up an attack down the left via Ozil. Aubemeyang in the end opens fireplace from outside the realm. The keeper spills his low shot however pounces on the fumble prior to Lacazette can punish him.