How annoyed Napoli stars disrespected Arsenal at half-time of Europa League defeat

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Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half free-kick into the top corner earned victory on the night after the hosts had had the better of the early chances.

Dries Mertens forward has defended his team’s performance in their Europa League defeat to the Gunners

The Belgian forward insists Arsenal are “not much stronger” than Napoli despite easing past the Italian side to reach the Europa League semi-finals.

‘The first 10-15 minutes, we had a few chances to score and that would’ve changed everything,’ Mertens told Sky Sport Italia.

‘We conceded a goal and our heads dropped. We said in the locker room that we still believed, because Arsenal aren’t that good.

‘There isn’t a real gap between us. We got it very wrong at the Emirates and that ruined everything.

‘We weren’t well set out, Arsenal took advantage and we tried everything to make up for it, but they defended well.’

The Belgian international argued that luck has not been on their side at crucial moments, particularly in the Champions League when they were only eliminated on goals scored at the group stage behind Liverpool.

The Gunners take on Valencia in the final four and could qualify for the Champions League if they win the tournament.



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