Dec 11, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
Napoli
2-0
Arsenal
Higuain (73'), Callejon (90')
Mertens (36'), Dzemaili (41'), Fernandez (84')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Arteta (63'), Giroud (66'), Ramsey (84')
Arteta (76')

Arsene Wenger: 'I feel sorry for Napoli'

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger and Napoli's Spanish coach Rafael Benitez look on during the UEFA Champions League group F football match between their sides on December 11, 2013
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Arsene Wenger claims that Napoli "can feel very hard done by" after a total of 12 points was not enough to see the Italians progress to the last-16 stage.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Napoli "can feel very hard done by" after the Gunners pipped the Italians to a place in the last-16 stage of the Champions League.

The Gunners went down 2-0 in Naples but Rafael Benitez's men needed victory by a three-goal margin to consign Wenger's men to life in the Europa League.

Borussia Dortmund ultimately topped Group F by goal difference but, with the trio all sitting on 12 points, Wenger says that the Partenopei can bow out of Europe's elite competition with their head held high.

Speaking to reporters, the Frenchman said: "I feel for Napoli. It was a difficult group and three teams have finished on 12 points.

"One team had to be knocked out but they can feel very hard done by to be that team."

Gonzalo Higuain had fired the hosts into the lead on 74 minutes, before Mikel Arteta's red card provided fresh impetus in their bid to record the three-goal swing.

Jose Callejon had reignited the hope by doubling the advantage in the dying embers but it was not enough to dump the North London outfit out of the tournament.

The draw for the second round of the tournament is scheduled to take place in Nyon on December 16.

Arsenal's French midfielder Mathieu Flamini vies with Napoli's Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili (L) during the UEFA Champions League group F football match on December 11, 2013
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