Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal as Arsenal dispatched Napoli 1-0 on Thursday to advance to the Europa League semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate. Lacazette’s stunning 36th-minute free-kick put the English club through to a final four meeting with Spanish side Valencia. “I dont know if it’s our best performance this season, but it’s good, particularly after beating Watford Monday,” said Arsenal coach Unai Emery. “Our objective was to score, we did that, to win, and to be consistent for 90 minutes. “I’m very proud of the players, very proud of our work. The players showed personality.”
The exit of Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli means no Italian clubs are left in European competition this season.
“We knew it was going to be difficult, and sorry there’s no Italian teams left,” said Ancelotti, after Juventus crashed out of the Champions League to Ajax on Tuesday.