Carlo Ancelotti has called Napoli’s quarter-final against Arsenal in the Europa League a ‘difficult but very fascinating challenge’.

PARMA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24:  Carlo Ancelotti head coach of SSC Napoli looks on during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and SSC Napoli at Stadio Ennio Tardini on February 24, 2019 in Parma, Italy.  (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA – JULY 19: Arsene Wenger coach of Arsenal FCshake hands with Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of FC Bayern Muenchen after the 2017 International Champions Cup football match between FC Bayern and Arsenal FC at Shanghai Stadium on July 19, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Arsenal will face David Ospina’s side on April 11 and 18 with the second leg at the  San Paolo stadium in Naples.

Speaking immediately after the draw, the former Chelsea boss said, “A difficult but very fascinating challenge for us, for the club and for our fans.”

Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery have faced each other six times with the Italian winning four and losing two. Against Arsenal, Ancelotti has faced us a total of eight times, winning five, drawing one and losing two.

Unai Emery has never faced Napoli before. The good news, however, is should Arsenal win and face Villarreal in the semi-final, there’s only one side in football he’s won more games against and that’s Espanyol.

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