This is a dream come true all along at the Emirates Stadium. If only Arsenal could replicate this brilliance in Naples, then Arsenal fans would be asking Arsene who?
Arsenal completed their 11th home victory in 12 games against Napoli to put themselves firmly ahead on course for the Europa League semi-finals thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Torreira.
When the Emirates opened its doors for the first time in 2006, this is exactly what Arsene Wenger had in mind. A stadium that rivals will be scared of, A stadium that is the envy of Europe.
Though the narrative never really materialized, particularly during Arsene Wenger’s reign.
But, under Unai Emery, the Emirates is quickly developing into an aura. He’s a mystic that is giving the spine to the season run-in.
They’ve lost only three times at home this season— one of those came in the Premier League against Manchester City, the other two in both domestic competitions against Tottenham and Manchester United.
Once more Arsenal showed their newfound zeal in their own back-yard, this success against Napoli is fully merited.
Koulibaly who’s the most sought after defender in Europe, the Senegalese international could not prevent the hosts from taking the lead in the 15th minute.
Once Alexandre Lacazette played the ball through Koulibaly’s legs into Maitland-Niles, the writing was on the wall for Napoli.
The Arsenal academy player found a pass to Ramsey, who slotted home mercilessly to put Arsenal ahead.
Emery’s men merited their lead. Their begin was bubbly and intentional, however, Napoli seemed conditional — even apprehensive.
Napoli hoped to have put the situation under control but Torreira had other plans as he drove at their back four in the wake of winning the ball in middle — yet his possible strike from the edge of the box ricocheted off Koulibaly, and past the defenseless Alex Meret to double Arsenal’s lead.