Arsene Wenger fielded five natural central midfielders, but Napoli were opened up repeatedly in their left-back zone.
Wenger was without a variety of players comfortable in wide roles – Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – while Jack Wilshere was rested, with Mikel Arteta coming into the side and Arsenal’s three attacking midfielders playing fluid roles.
Rafael Benitez was still without Christian Maggio, and also lost Gonzalo Higuain through injury.
Arsenal were dominant from the first whistle, and Napoli rarely offered a goal threat. Read more »