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Predicted Arsenal XI to play Napoli

Arsenal head into their Champions League clash against Napoli looking to take control of the group.

The Gunners started their European campaign well with a win away at Marseille, but they now face a bigger test with Serie A pace setters Napoli travelling to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have plenty of momentum and confidence will be sky high but they are facing a side that has lost only two points in the league this season and a side that also won well in their opening group game.

Here is the side Arsene Wenger may choose to go with.

GK – Wojciech Szczesny

Szczesny should continue in goal because he’s not really done anything that should see him be dropped. He looks confident because he’s playing behind a solid defence and he’ll be a crucial player in this side this evening.

RB – Bacary Sagna

Sagna’s defensive game will be thoroughly tested later on but he’s played well in different defensive positions so far this season. He’s looked solid at the back and offers the midfield an extra outlet when he gets forward.

CB – Per Mertesacker

The big German has been arguably the club’s best central defender this season. He has a real presence and is a clever enough player to get into good positions as he compensates for his lack of pace.

CB – Laurent Koscielny

The Frenchman does have that pace and it allows him to cover for players in the defence who find themselves out of position. He’s aggressive, strong and also offers a threat in attack.

LB – Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs continues to play well down the left side of Arsenal’s defence. He is the quickest player in the back four and will be vital on the counter attack if Napoli have spells where they really pile on the pressure.

RM - Serge Gnabry

The German winger has done enough to ensure he keeps his place in the team. He offers pace on the right hand side and a good performance in this game will do his confidence a world of good as he stares at the rest of the season.

DM – Mathieu Flamini

Flamini will play that role in the midfield of getting stuck in, being aggressive and trying to win back possession. He’s great at causing turnovers in Arsenal’s favour before playing simple and clever balls to the more creative and forward thinking midfielders.

CM – Aaron Ramsey

There would be uproar if Ramsey lost his place in the side considering his recent form and you can expect him to hold his central midfield position. He’ll control the pace of the play, being the midfielder who makes runs from deep to appear in the oppositions defensive third at the very last moment.

AM – Mesut Ozil

Ozil will be the most advanced of the midfielders, playing in behind Olivier Giroud. He an sit there and create chances for other players but he’s also brilliant at dropping deeper, offering Ramsey extra support if Arsenal start to get overwhelmed in the middle.

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LM – Jack Wilshere

Expect Wilshere to start on the left of the midfield where he played against Swansea. He'll drift into central positions because that's where he's more effective and he'll also switch regularly with Ozil, who has also been used on the left by Wenger this season.

ST – Olivier Giroud

Giroud will continue in attack and his confidence should be good after a good start to the season. He will likely be very determined to perform against a very difficult and tricky opponent to prove he can be effective against the bigger sides as well as the smaller teams.

Do you agree? Who would be in your starting eleven?

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