Napoli 0-1 (agg 0-3) Arsenal: Unai Emery’s men reach Europa League semi-finals with ease


Napoli 0-1 (agg 0-3) Arsenal: Unai Emery’s men reach Europa League semi-finals with ease

Arsenal reached the Europa League semi-finals for a second straight season with a deserved win over Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.

After winning the first leg at 2-0 at home, the Gunners went to Naples knowing their fate was down to them.

Arsenal celebrate their Europa League triumph over the Serie A giants

Alexandre Lacazette’s free-kick nine minutes before half-time secured a 1-0 victory and a 3-0 aggregate success to set up a semi-final clash with Valencia.

With plenty of question marks surrounding their away form, Arsenal have now won at Watford and Napoli in the space of three days to return to the Premier League top four and advance in Europe.

They fell at the semi-final stage to Atletico Madrid a year ago and LaLiga opposition again stand in their way of reaching the showpiece final.

This game may have lacked the drama of Tottenham’s stunning Champions League win over Manchester City or the goalfest at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea saw off a spirited Slavia Prague comeback to reach their own Europa League semi-final, but Arsenal got the job done.