Napoli vs Arsenal: Lacazette's stunning free kick propels Gunners to Europa League semifinals

Napoli vs Arsenal: Lacazette's stunning free kick propels Gunners to Europa League semifinals

- Napoli vs Arsenal's Europa League encounter saw the Gunners progress to the semifinal of the competition

- Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal that lifted the north Londoners over their Serie A opponents

- The Emirates Stadium outfit will now battle Valencia at the last four stage of the tournament

Arsenal are through to the semifinals of the Europa League tourney after beating Napoli 1-0 at the San Paolo Stadium on Thursday, April 18.

Alexandre Lacazette's stunning free kick in the 36th minute was all the Gunners needed to beat the Italian League giants in front of their fans.

However, they were unable to add to the tally until the end of the first half as the hosts managed to keep their visitors away from finding the back of the net.

The Premier League side reach the last four stage for the second consecutive time 3-0 on aggregate having won the first leg of the fixtures 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium a week ago.

Coach Unai Emery's men continued their attacking style in the second half of the game with the aim of sealing the victory early enough, but the goals would not just surface.

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Napoli managed to create more chances but failed to make anything meaningful from those efforts with most of their final balls going off target.

Hence, they were only able to try Petr Cech three times and none of them found the back of the net during the meeting.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 victory over Napoli in their Europa League quarterfinal first leg tie played at Emirates on Thursday night, April 11.

Juventus bound midfielder Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners the breakthrough in the 16th minute, after which Kalidou Koulibaly's own goal sealed the victory for the visitors.

Meanwhile, the north Londoners are still in contention for top four finish on the Premier League table as they hope to qualify for Champions league next term.

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