Arsene Wenger has warned Napoli they face a difficult test against his old side Arsenal when the two teams meet in the quarter-finals of the Europa League next month.
The Gunners were handed a very challenging route to the final, drawn against Napoli in the next round and either Valencia or Villarreal in the semi-finals should they overcome the Serie A runners-up.
Wenger says he will be rooting for Arsenal when the two sides meet in April and believes they will pose a huge test for Napoli to overcome.
‘I will be an Arsenal fan on the night of game against Napoli, just as I have been during all their matches this season,’ the Frenchman told Italian newspaper Il Mattino.
‘Emery doesn’t need any advice from me. I am a huge fan of Carlo Ancelotti, he’s one of the greatest technicians of all time, a true master in the way he works with his teams.
‘But Arsenal are a great team and for Napoli it will be a very difficult task to knock them out.’
Arsenal progressed to the quarter-finals after a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Rennes.
The French side won the first leg against the 10-man Gunners but the north Londoners blitzed their opponents in the second leg at the Emirates, winning 3-0 on the night in scintillating fashion.
That game is Arsenal’s last outing in March, with FA Cup fixtures meaning their weekend match is postponed, and they will head to Dubai for warm-weather training after the international break before a run of games against Newcastle, Everton, Napoli and Watford.