Starting Team: Szczęsny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosický, Özil, Giroud.
Substitutes: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Monreal, Wilshere, Gnabry, Bendtner
In team news, Gonzalo Higuain is out for Napoli with a calf injury which reduces Napoli coach Rafael Benitez’ attacking ammunition considerably. Instead Pandev will start for the away side.
Arsenal have won their last 9 games in all competitions, their last 5 in the Premier League since their opening day defeat to Aston Villa at the Emirates back in August.
Arsenal won away on the road against Marseille to win their first game on the competition in Group F, following their 5-0 thrashing of Fenerbahce over two legs in the qualification play-offs.
However, Napoli have had a strong start to their season so far – the Azzuri have won their last three games in all competitions and have been an unbeaten in all competitions so far this season. They currently sit 2nd in Serie A where they ultimately finished the season last term.
Benitez’ side beat last term’s Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in their opening game this season.
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