Napoli must really hate Arsenal. The Partenopei have a torrid record against the Gunners on the pitch, while their record off it has been even worse over the last few years.
The Italians have played us four times in the last decade and we’ve beaten them thrice. We even knocked them out of the Europa League under Unai Emery a couple of years ago, but our battles against them don’t stop just there.
For some reason, Arsenal and Napoli always end up going after the same players. The two clubs have locked horns on multiple occasions over the last few years, but sadly for them, there has always been one winner.
The Naples based side battled us for the signatures of Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes over the last three years, and they failed every single time. That torrid record is set to continue now as Arsenal have reportedly beaten them to two more players.
Italian newspaper aims hilarious Arsenal-related jibe at Napoli
Il Mattino, a newspaper from Naples, have revealed that Arsenal have beaten the Partenopei for the signings of Anderlecht star Albert Sambi Lokonga and Benfica defender Nuno Tavares.
The newspaper hilariously published an article titled ‘Tavares and Lokonga at Arsenal, so the Gunners mocked Naples’, and they begin the piece with the sentence: “The eyes of Napoli and the hands of Arsenal, once again.”
That’s really funny for Arsenal fans, but Napoli supporters must be tired of us. That’s now six players we’ve beaten them to over the last three seasons, which is just sad if you’re a supporter of the Partenopei.
Arsenal fans absolutely loved Il Mattino’s article. Here’s how a few Gooners reacted to it on Twitter…