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Emery reacts after Europa League quarter-final triumph over Napoli

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed his pleasure after the Gunners progressed to the semi-final stage of the Europa League at Napoli’s expense. The north London side were the better team across both legs and they eventually secured a 3-0 aggregate win to reach the last four of the competition for the second year running.

Speaking after the game, Emery was impressed with the commitment from the team who restricted Napoli from finding the scoresheet across both legs, he said: "I am proud of the players. We started very well. The first half was good because after we scored we continued not to give them opportunities. We defended well in the second half. In the two matches, we can be happy to win against Napoli."

Meanwhile, the Spanish tactician confirmed the worst possible news on Aaron Ramsey, who could potentially miss the rest of the season with a hamstring problem. When asked about the Welshman, he added: "It is a muscular injury. Normally it will be some weeks out for him. But we have other players and we can find a performance and rotate players."

“Ramsey has been the standout performer for the Gunners over the past few months and the latest injury setback may mean that he has played his final game in the club’s shirt“. The Wales international has already finalised a pre-contract agreement to join Juventus when his Gunners deal expires during the summer and “it remains to be“ seen whether he can make a final bow in the club’s jersey.

Arsenal will shift their attention to the Premier League for the weekend where they face Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. The north London side are currently occupying the fourth position on the table on goal difference over Chelsea, but they have the chance to move up to third, should Tottenham Hotspur drop points against Manchester City during the same gameweek.