Arsenal vs Napoli: Arkadiusz Milik not expecting to be underestimated by Arsenal


The Polish forward is match and firing ahead of the Europa League clash with the Gunners, even though there was a time he feared for his profession

Arkadiusz Milik says he is not expecting to be underestimated by Arsenal as he prepares to face the Gunners in the Europa League.

The 25-year-old Polish striker has been a important figure for the Serie A side considering the fact that moving to the club from Ajax in 2016, but has actually shown his correct prospective in the 2018-19 season.

Milik has fired 19 objectives in 38 total appearances for the club this campaign, which includes 16 in 28 league matches.

That tally has Milik sitting fifth in the major-goalscorer standings, behind Fabio Quagliarella, Krzysztof Piatek, Duvan Zapata and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Napoli face Arsenal in the quarter-final of the Europa League on Thursday and even though Milik may perhaps be a name that Gunners fans are not completely familiar with, he does not count on he will be underestimated.

“No, I do not consider that everyone is underestimating me. I play for Napoli, which is a fantastic group,” Milik told Objective and DAZN .

“These are fan discussions and I do not want to feed that debate, mainly because I just attempt to give my all for the group.

“But fans appreciate to talk about and debate points like this, that is what fans do. It’s totally typical and takes place all more than the globe, fans from each and every group say: ‘this guy is not great enough’ or ‘this player is way as well good’. That is how football functions.”

He added: “No [I’m not frustrated], not at all. I’m currently utilised to it.”

Milik not too long ago scored a spectacular purpose in Napoli’s most current victory, a four-1 win more than Roma on March 31.

The Polish star took a magnificent spinning touch just before firing as he turned, setting social media alight with 1 of the ideal objectives of the season.

“I’ve observed it two or 3 instances,” he stated. “A lot of fans have sent me the clip of the purpose on Instagram as effectively. So I could watch it once more on there.

“I was satisfied certainly, but I didn’t consider as well a great deal about it.

“We won the game and that is the most critical point at the finish of the day. That is the only point that matters when the match is more than.”

Milik is in the midst of his initially injury-free of charge season in Naples, obtaining suffered main setbacks in every single of his initially two seasons in Italy.

Roma Napoli Fabian Milik

The forward missed 23 games with a knee injury in 2016-17 just before one more knee situation robbed him of 29 games final season.

Now completely match and scoring a lot of objectives, Milik is glad to be contributing soon after going by means of a hard time exactly where he feared he may perhaps not return to the major level.

“The hardest time for me was soon after the initially [knee] injury. They told me that the recovery period would be extremely lengthy, so that was the hardest moment I have gone by means of throughout my life,” he stated.

“I actually believed that I would not be capable to return to playing at the level I am now. In the finish every little thing went the way that I wanted it to go, even though.

“I’m nonetheless right here at Napoli, I’m increasing as a footballer and I am acquiring playing time. That is what aids me hold a smile on my face.

“The second injury was simpler to deal with because soon after 3 or 4 weeks I was currently walking typically. So I was confident that I would be capable to play once more, that I could come back and would be operating about the pitch once more.

“For that reason I was a great deal calmer and time went by faster.”


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