Italian press name predicted Arsenal XI for Napoli game

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Is this how Arsenal will line-up against Napoli?

Arsenal face Napoli in a crucial Champions League fixture tonight, needing to avoid defeat by three goals or more.

Napoli meanwhile have to win by the same margin to be assured on qualification to the knockout phase, or hope against the odds that Marseille beat Borussia Dortmund.

The Gunners have flown out to Italy and will be confident of a result; they have won both of their away games in the competition to date.

The Italians are keenly anticipating the fixture, and website TuttomercatoWeb have named their predicted Arsenal starting line-up for the game.

Team: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Rosicky, Giroud.

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Walcott, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Bendtner.

The big calls are Cazorla, Walcott and Arteta being dripped to the bench, differing slightly from our predicted team which features Wilshere dropped for Santi:

Szczesny, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Rosicky, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud .

This is how TMW believe Napoli will also line-up for the fixture:

Team: Reina; May Albiol, Britos, Armero; Behrami, Inler, Mertens, Pandev, Callejon, Higuain.

Subs: Rafael, Cannavaro, Uvini, Fernandez, Dzemaili, Insigne, Duvan.

Napoli missing Marek Hamsik is a huge blow for them, but they do have players capable of a moment of magic, especially Dries Mertes, Goran Pandev and Gonzalo Higuain.

If Lorenzo Insigne does start from the bench, the Italian international's inevitable introduction could help turn the game in their favour - but if Arsenal do their job, then by that time the game may be beyond Napoli's reach.

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