'Napoli will throw everything at us, we were frightening last time'

Arsenal star is ready for the challenge they face in Naples on Wednesday.

When Arsenal last played Napoli, a little over two months ago, they were two goals ahead within 15 minutes of kick-off after £42.4m club record signing Mesut Ozil opened his account for his new club and Olivier Giroud doubled the Gunners lead.

A BBC post-match report played up to Arsenal's 'dominance' of a '[Napoli team who were] riding high in Serie A but never threatened [in North London]'.

Napoli are still in the hunt for top for the Scudetto in Italy, in a comfortable third place but their form has trailed of late as, since a 3-0 upset defeat to Juventus on the same day Arsenal lost to Manchester United, the Partenopei have recorded a strong 4-2 victory over Lazio but have showed vulnerability at home - to both Parma (1-0 loss) and Udinese (a draw, but conceded thrice).

As such, Wojciech Szczesny holds no fear about going over to Italy and obtaining the result that will guarantee their top spot in Group F of the competition. Napoli, though, also have something to play for.

'In the first half-hour [against Napoli] we were frightening… I never touched the ball so that should tell you a lot,' reflected Szczesny to Arsenal Player. 'But now they play at home, they know they need to win, so they will probably throw everything at us and we're going to have to be focused to deal with that. But I believe we can turn up with the same sort of result again.'

He continued by touching on the importance of holding down that first position in the table: 'I think it's important to finish top. This year as well most of the big boys are top of their groups so coming on top of our group will give us probably a better draw in the last 16.

'I don't think we should approach the game thinking that we need to avoid a defeat. We believe that we're good enough to go there and get a win. We don't need to change our attitude, we need to keep it going the way we have been and that should give us a result.'

Arsenal take on Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Wednesday, December 11.

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