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Arsenal May Play Napoli Behind Closed Doors In Decisive Champions League Match

Gunners could still need to avoid defeat in Naples to ensure qualification for the knockout rounds. 

Premier League leaders Arsenal should learn either on Thursday or Friday whether they will play their crucial final Uefa Champions League group-stage fixture against Napoli at the San Paolo behind closed doors, according to reports in the Guardian.

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The Serie A high flyers are currently being investigated by European football’s governing body Uefa after crowd trouble marred the Southern Italians’ previous group contest at home to Ligue 1 outfit Olympique de Marseille, with flares being set off inside the stadium, while there were also reports of fighting outside the ground between rival fans.

And with Uefa having almost finished their report, an announcement on whether Napoli will be forced to play their decisive group showdown with the north London club in front of an empty stadium is thought to arrive either on Thursday or Friday at the latest.

The Gunners do not believe that Uefa will hit the Italians with such a heavy sanction, however, Napoli are said to be fearful that the governing body will try and make an example out of them and their fans.

Arsenal currently top Group F along with Napoli with now just two more matches left to play, although there still remains the distinct possibility that their trip to Naples could be decisive to their hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition in February.

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