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What can Arsenal expect from Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals?

16 March 2019

"Giroud with his experience, he needs to set the barrier very, very high which he's done", Walker told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).

Chelsea FC are in sixth place in the English top-flight table and three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with eight games to play. "So, for me, it will be very hard to play against them in Naples".

Sarri has even used Eden Hazard ahead of Giroud but the 32-year-old could make his first league start since Dec 30 in Sunday's game at Everton.

Should Chelsea win the Europa League, as they did in 2013, it would offer them an alternative route to next season's Champions League. "I'm really very happy for him".

"I thought he was terrific", Walker said.

"We must aim to qualify through the Premier League".

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When, moments later, the word "Arsenal" was slowly revealed on the little white slip designating Napoli's quarter-final opponents, the most common reactions would have been low groans, facepalms and that sort of slow, inwards folding motion that people make when they receive bad news.

"If you give someone like Giroud space in the six-yard box that's how good he can be".

There will be an all-La Liga clash as Villarreal take on Valencia, while Benfica have been drawn to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

Giroud's triple took him top of the overall goalscoring charts for this year's competition, as Chelsea raced into the quarter-finals with a 5-0 win in Ukraine and an 8-0 aggregate scoreline. The Poland worldwide has netted 17 times in all competitions this term - leading the club goalscoring charts - and has been a constant danger on the left of a front two with Dries Mertens on the other side.

An all-Spanish affair for the second quarter-final.

"But I think it's about seeing each one as it comes and going through each round".

What can Arsenal expect from Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals?