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IN one of the ties of the night, Premier League leaders Arsenal welcome Italian side Napoli to the Emirates on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League.
Both sides have impressive starts to the seasons with the Gunners currently on a run of nine straight wins in all competitions since a shock opening day defeat to Aston Villa. Included in that run is a 2-1 away win over Marseille on the opening night and the Gunners will want to keep that run going against Rafa Benitez’s side.
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The Gunners warmed up for the clash with a 2-1 win over Swansea with Aaron Ramsey once again on the scoresheet. The Welsh captain scored his 8th goal of the season and 5th in four games at the Liberty stadium and is one of the form players in European football.
Manager Arsene Wenger is confident that three points against Napoli, who beat Arsenal in a pre-season friendly at the Emirates, will leave them in a strong position to reach the knockout stages.
“If we win the second game we know we can qualify,” he said.
“I wouldn’t say it is already a decisive game – but it is a game that will have a great bearing on who qualifies.
“If we deal with that situation then we will be in a very positive mood to finish the job.”
Arsenal will once again be without the services of talented trio Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Santi Cazorla (ankle) and Theo Walcott (stomach).
Napoli meanwhile have also made an impressive start to the season, winning 5 and drawing 1 of their opening 6 games in Italy not to mention beating last season’s runners up Borussia Dortmund in match day 1.
Despite their excellent start, Benitez believes there is more to come from his side and he is confident that his side can get a result against a team he knows well from his time in the Premier League.
“We talk with the team every day and we know that we are at 75 per cent,” he told the club’s official website.
“Now we must continue to grow. I know that we can and we must be competitive to try and win against all opponents.
“That is what we will try to do in London against Arsenal.”
Napoli head to London with an almost full strength side with Christian Maggio the only absentee with a knee injury.
Elsewhere in the group, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille will both be looking to get their first points on the board when they meet in Westfalenstadion.
Dortmund will have manager Jurgen Klopp in the stands after he received a one match ban following his sending off for berating the fourth official in the aftermath of Gonzalo Higuain’s opening goal for Napoli in the opening round.
Despite his absence from the dugout, Klopp is confident in his coaching staff’s ability to keep his players focused.
“It’s going to be unusual,” he said. “But Zeljko (Buvac, assistant manager) and I tend to work telepathically anyway so we’re not going to need any other kind of contact.”
As well as being without Klopp, Dortmund will also be without goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, who is suspended after being sent off in the loss to Napoli while Sebastian Kehl (foot) Ilkay Gundogan and defender Lukasz Piszczek are all unavailable due to injury.
Marseille meanwhile won both meetings between the two sides in the 2011-12 season of the champion’s league and they will be hopeful of another upset.
The club are sweating on the fitness of Andre-Pierre Gignac as he continues to struggle with a toe injury, while Jeremy Morel (knee) is doubtful ahead of the game.