Arsenal have found out their next opponents on the road to Europa League glory, and it was perhaps the toughest draw we could have anticipated.
Napoli are our next test, and the Italian giants are the favourites - along with Chelsea - with the bookies to hold aloft the trophy - and for good reason.
Despite squeezing through against Red Bull Salzburg in the previous round, Napoli are the team most would have wanted to avoid.
Managed by the esteemed and experienced Carlo Ancelotti, the Italian side kept up the pace with Juventus for the Scudetto last season. this season they are again the best of the rest in Serie A, and have a squad littered with dangermen.
In attack, Lorenzo Insigne and the wily Dries Mertens are backed up in the goals department by the aerially strong Arkadiusz Milik. In defence, one of the finest exponents of the art is Kalidou Koulibaly and he will be a blockade for our strikers.
The positive? Napoli are a little weaker after their talisman Marek Hamsik left them in the summer, and they don’t seem to be as strong as they were last season. There is a sizeable gap between them and Juve this time around, and goals are drying up - In the last seven games they’ve failed to score in three of them domestically.
We will of course need to tighten things up a the back, but more worryingly is our away form, which is threatening to put a dent in our season. The San Paolo Stadium is no place for the faint hearted, and the away leg could render our home leg useless if we don’t shape up. The last two rounds we lost away from home against massively inferior opposition, so this could hinge on our visit to Italy.
We face Napoli knowing that if we progress, a tie against Valencia or Villareal is next - and the path is a lot easier to the trophy.