Arsenal handed boost ahead of Europa League tie with Napoli trio injured

Arsenal handed boost ahead of Europa League tie with Napoli trio injured

Higuain's replacement, Olivier Giroud, netted a ideal hat-trick in a dominant performance by the Blues, with Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi also getting on the scoresheet in a 5-0 win.

"[The draw against Arsenal is] a hard but very fascinating challenge for us, for the club and for our fans", Ancelotti said.

"I feel good now so hopefully that will stay and I can play to the best of my abilities".

They've slid down the table to 11th, a long way off the pace for a Europa League position.

The arrival of Gonzalo Higuain as the replacement for Alvaro Morata in January once again hurt his chances of establishing himself as a regular starter domestically though.

Against Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv, Olivier Giroud scored hat-trick and the 2018 World Cup victor has now scored nine goals in nine European games this season.

"They have to finish in the top four", he added.

An Olivier Giroud hat-trick and goals from Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi secured a resounding 5-0 win against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday as Chelsea booked their place in the Europa League quarter-finals with an 8-0 aggregate victory.

An all-Spanish pairing sees Villarreal play Valencia, and three-time runner-up Benfica will face Eintracht Frankfurt.

According to UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles, it is Arsenal's tie which has been altered in this situation due to Chelsea - who will take on Slavia Prague in the last eight - having higher priority after winning the FA Cup last season. And second, it means that Napoli are in the final, and I am happy.

"But I think it's about seeing each one as it comes and going through each round. He's improving in the last month and has been able to train after the problem with the back".

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