Arsenal sees off Napoli to set #UEL Semi Final date.

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Arsenal are through to the semi final of the Europa League after getting a 1-0 win in Naples over Napoli with Lacazette whipping home a free kick in the first half.

Arsenal took a first leg advantage of 2-0 to Italy and knew they an away goal would further strengthen their already bright chance of qualifying to the next round.

Emery started Aubameyang and Lacazette together upfront and it was the French man that won a free kick and converted it by himself to all but quench Napoli’s hopes.

Hom side  Napoli  threatened first as they looked determined to over turn Arsenal’s first led advantage.

Lacazette was dispossessed by Kalidou Koulibaly, who charged forward on the break in the 17th minute and collected Fabian Ruiz’s pass to find Jose Callejon.

Petr Cech denied  Callejon before Milik fluffed his lines from a close-range header.

Nikola Maksimovic fouled Lacazette 25 yards from goal and the France striker concerted the free kick   strike beyond a motionless Alex Meret in the Napoli goal, with 36 minutes on the clock.

Faouzi Ghoulam and Callejon both fired wide as the home team tried in vain to build an ambitious final charge.

Milik’s woeful attempt to slide home at the back post with 15 minutes to play did not help matters.

Arsenal defended resolutely to keep an away clean sheet and progress 3-0 on aggregate where they would face Unai Emery’s former side, Valencia in the semi final.

Arsenal have kept nine clean sheets in their last 11 European games, conceding just four goals in total in that period.

Napoli have lost three consecutive European games for the first time since February 2013.

-Arsenal had just 30.3 per cent of possession, their lowest such figure in any competition since February 2017 (25.7 per cent against Bayern Munich in the Champions League).

Emery has now won 26 matches in the Europa League knockout stages – more than any other manager.

Arsenal host Crystal Palace on Sunday as their battle for a top-four place in the Premier League continues.

Napoli welcome top-four aspirants Atalanta

Arsenal exited the Europa League. at the Semi Finals stage last season and would be looking to go one further in the 2018/2019 Season.

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