Ref appointment for Napoli v Arsenal is bad news for the Gunners by past results

Referee Viktor Kassai has been appointed for Arsenal's game at Napoli on Wednesday evening, but the Italians won't be happy to see him either.

Arsenal head to the San Paolo needing to avoid losing by three goals to ensure qualification to the knockout phases tomorrow.

The Gunners are certainly in top form, winning four games and drawing once since the international break - conceding just the one goal, against Everton at the weekend.

Napoli have by contrast won just one out four, losing 1-0 to Parma, 3-1 to Dortmund, and drawing with Udinese at the weekend, with just the 4-2 away win at Lazio to smile about.

So they need a good omen for tomorrow night, and they have just got one.

UEFA have appointed referee Viktor Kassai from Hungary for the fixture. 

Is that significant? Well he has only ever refereed two Arsenal games - in which the Gunners lost by a combined scoreline of 6-0.

One was the horrific 4-0 defeat to AC Milan; the last time Arsene Wenger's men lost by three goals or more.

The previous match was a 2-0 win for Braga in Portugal in the Champions League group stages in November 2010.

Over the course of those games he has awarded one penalty against Arsenal, and none for them, and booked seven Gunners.

Is there a consolation? Well yes there is actually, Napoli won't be glad to see him either.

Kassai has overseen just one Napoli game, a shock 2-0 loss away at Czech side Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League last season.

So really neither side will be happy to see the 38-year-old; but its an unwelcome omen for Wenger and his men who will remember that 4-0 loss to Milan painfully.

Arsenal and Napoli will both will hope history doesn't repeat itself, and will do what they haven't done previously - avoid a loss with Kassai on the pitch.

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