Giuntoli: 'Quality against Arsenal defence'

Napoli director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli confirms Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens are there to “attack Arsenal defenders with quality and pace.”

The first leg kicks off in London at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

“The Coach told me yesterday he wanted to play with two quicker strikers, but he’s done it before, so it’s nothing to be too surprised about,” the director of sport told Sky Sport Italia.

“Arsenal play with three at the back and have a very aggressive pressing game, especially at the start, so we’ll try to attack their defenders with two forwards who have a lot of quality and pace with ball to feet.

“It’s important to have players come off the bench who can change the inertia of the game. Arkadiusz Milik is strong in the air and in filling the box, so I think the Coach has the right strategy.”

Napoli seem to have second place in Serie A locked up, but Juventus need just one point to win their eighth consecutive Scudetto.

“We are very happy with our results so far in Serie A and the Europa League. It might seem like we’ve done worse in Serie A because Juventus have been extraordinary, so we naturally turned more of our focus towards the Europa League.

“Napoli have been a stable figure in the Champions League for a few years now.”

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