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Arsenal news: Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League prediction ahead of BATE Borisov trip

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That is the view of former Gunners forward Charlie Nicholas, who says that they cannot take any chances in the game because defensively they are a “car crash”.

While the Europa League is not the competition the north London club want to be playing in this season, it is still a route into the Champions League next season.

Winning the competition qualifies that team for the tournament and with Arsenal not guaranteed a Premier League top four spot, this may be their best chance.

Arsenal fans will look at the other teams in the Europa League last-32 draw and think they gave as good a chance as any other.

Arsenal news: Charlie Nicholas thinks Unai Emery should play his strongest team (Pic: GETTY)

Chelsea, Napoli, Sevilla and Inter Milan arguably are the strongest remaining teams.

And Nicholas thinks that Emery, who has won the Europa League three times in the past, will take the game seriously.

“BATE have been building their reputation for a while in European football,” he told Sky Sports.

“You know Arsenal’s vulnerable defence can do silly things, but they have to get the job done.

“Arsenal’s vulnerable defence can do silly things”

Charlie Nicholas

“Unai Emery has suffered more than anybody else. He knows his defence is a car crash, but there is not a lot he can do.

“Laurent Koscielny cannot do it, Shkodran Mustafi doesn’t get what he is being taught, as well as the full-backs. He has made a couple of mistakes, but who doesn’t?

“Alexandre Lacazette is not the superstar striker that everyone wants, but he does what it says on the tin.

“He works hard and he scores. He has to play Lacazette, there are goals in him.

“I don’t see why he should take the risk, so I would take the strongest team and look to get the win, then give the youngsters their chance to shine in the return leg.

“Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka, all of those. This man takes this competition seriously and we have seen that before.”

Nicholas thinks that Arsenal will win the game 3-1.



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