Rafael Benítez: Napoli can stop high-flying Arsenal

Rafael Benítez warns Arsenal that Napoli side are determined to do all they can to beat Arsenal and progress to the last 16

Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benítez took over at Napoli in the summer Photo: The Sport Review

Rafael Benítez has warned Arsenal that his Napoli side are determined to do all they can to beat Arsenal and progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Serie A side must beat Arsene Wenger’s men by three goals, or better Borussia Dortmund’s result against Marseille, if they are to reach the knockout phase of Europe’s elite club competition.

But Benítez, whose side are currently third in the Serie A table and and eight points behind leaders Juventus, is convinced that they have what it takes to get the required result against the Premier League pacesetters.

“We can win, we believe,” said Benítez “We are working to the maximum, the fans should rest assured because the true value of Napoli will come out.

“I am sure everyone will appreciate this team over time. Tomorrow we have a great game against a very strong opponent.

“Arsenal are leading the Premier League and I think they have the best coach in the Premier League.

“We have to try to impose our game and win to our potential. San Paolo will give us a big boost. To the fans, I say we will give everything to achieve a great result.

“I wish everyone to give 100 per cent for a wonderful evening and a great challenge.”

Arsenal v Napoli: Pre-match facts

• Napoli have won both of their home games, having begun with a 2-1 victory against Dortmund and beaten Marseille 3-2 on matchday four.

• Arsenal are in the group stage for the 16th season in a row and have qualified for the second phase 13 years in succession.

• Rafael Benítez guided Liverpool to a 5-3 aggregate win against Arsenal in the 2007-08 quarter-finals, drawing 1-1 away before a 4-2 home win.

• Napoli are still unbeaten in six home games in the competition, winning five and drawing 1-1 with Bayern Munich on 18 October 2011.

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