Arsenal will look to hold onto a 2-0 lead in their Europa League quarter final against Napoli on Thursday night, but they will be without four players for the tie, according to their official website.

The Gunners were awesome in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium last week, and may actually have left the field cursing themselves that they were not even further clear than the two goal advantage that they built up.

The acid test for Arsenal comes here however. They have been rotten on their travels in recent times, and even when they picked up a success on the road at Watford on Monday night, there was little that was convincing about it, so Unai Emery and his men should be under no illusions that this tie is in any way over.

If they are going to come through and book their spot in the semi-final of the competition, the Gunners will have to do so without a quartet of players.

Denis Suarez has a groin injury which has seen the Arsenal midfielder remain in London, while defenders Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are continuing their rehabilitation from long-term absences.

The other man missing for the Gunners is forward Danny Welbeck. He is stepping up his training at the minute but is nowhere near ready for a return to the side, certainly not for a match of this magnitude.

Arsenal host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon but they can’t afford to take their eye off the ball here, so any thoughts Emery might have had of resting players will not have lingered for long.

This could be the last time Aaron Ramsey plays a European tie for the Gunners were they to be knocked out. The midfielder is off to Juventus at the end of the campaign, and he’ll get a touch of what to expect from the move should he feature in the Naples showdown.


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