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Club Friendlies (FRC) 3 Aug 2013 Arsenal FC 2 – Napoli 2
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This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides, they did however meet in the Emirates Cup pre-season tournament in the summer – a match which ended 2-2.
Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five home games against Italian sides, qualifiers included (4 wins, 1 draw).
The last Italian team to beat Arsenal in London were Inter Milan, 10 years ago in the Champions League group stages (17 September 2003).
Since that game, Arsenal have only lost 4 of their 46 home games in the Champions League (32 wins, 10 draws), but two of those defeats have come in the last three games.
Napoli have never won an away game in England, in all competitions (1 draw, 4 defeats).
Napoli have conceded 13 goals in their 5 away games against English sides and have won only 1 of their 4 away games in the Champions League (1 draw, 2 defeats).
Napoli have scored in all nine of the Champions League games they have played.
Wenger has won none of his 4 Champions League games against Rafael Benitez (2 draws, 2 defeats).
Benitez has won 54% of Champions League games as manager (45 out of 84). A better ratio than Wenger (46%).
Benitez has never managed a winning side away at Arsenal losing five and drawing four of his visits as a coach.
Qualifiers included, Aaron Ramsey has scored 4 goals in 3 European games this season.
Arsenal have made it past the group stages in the last 10 seasons but have been knocked out at the last 16 stage in the last three campaigns.
Arsenal 2 v 1 Napoli
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Note: Stats from Opta