The Premier League and Serie A are over the halfway point with unexpected leaders. Football and calcio are through a season where their usual winners are being taken over by two teams that were in August real far from being the title contenders, including Arsenal and Napoli.
Arsenal and Napoli are big contenders to be the best in Europe
In England, Arsenal is dealing with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Erling Haaland. On the other hand, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and all the ‘Big Six’ are witnessing Mikel Arteta’s sensational side.
Meanwhile, in Italy, Napoli is playing beside AC Milan, Inter Milan and AS Roma, and Juventus, with the latter having a points deduction, as Luciano Spalletti’s side leads the way.
The Gunners haven’t lifted a trophy since they were ‘invincibles’ in 2003-04 with names like Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, and many others.
Much time has gone by since the last Neapolitan Scudetto. The legend, Diego Armando Maradona, was still running around a San Paolo that he currently gives his name.
In 1989-90, Careca, Andrea, Carnevale, Ciro Ferrara, and Gianfranco Zola joined Diego, who brought Serie A to the south of Italy for the second time. Since that time, a 33-year-long league drought has been running.
Neither of the teams, including Barcelona, the La Liga leaders with 44 points, PSG and Bayern Munich, have attained the 50 points collected by the Gunners and Napoli in the Premier League and Seria A.
How the stats look like for 19 games
In 19 games, both teams have 16 victories, 2 ties, and just one defeat. Arsenal and Napoli have almost scored an equal number of goals (46 and 45) and conceded a near-similar number of goals (14 and 16).