Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Arsenal v Barcelona

Charlie Nicholas says Barcelona to get a result in the first leg at the Emirates on Tuesday night

The Sport Review staff

Charlie Nicholas says he expects Barcelona to secure a positive result against Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.

The Gunners, who were held to a goalless draw with Championship side Hull City at home in the FA Cup on Saturday, have only managed to win one of their last seven meetings with the La Liga side in the Champions League.

Arsenal know they need to take a risk and go for it

Charlie Nicholas

Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin cancelled out David Villa’s opener to secure a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium before Barcelona were 3-1 winners at Camp Nou in 2011.

While Nicholas is predicting Arsenal to score two goals against Barcelona in a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night, the former Gunners playmaker urged Arsene Wenger to take a gamble and go for a win despite Barcelona’s quality.

“You get to the stage where you wonder how on earth you even begin to plan to stop them. Do you put two holding midfielders in? Well that means you’re never going to attack and the one thing we know is that Barca do leak goals,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“I think Arsenal know they need to take a risk and go for it. What would be a comfortable result to take to the Camp Nou? Is 3-0 even enough to make them favourites to go through?

“Olivier Giroud has to have a right go at Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez will be up for playing his old club and it’s another chance for Mesut Ozil to show he can shine among the stars. However, it’s Petr Cech that I’m really hoping will show just how important he is.

“Whatever happens I will enjoy it in a strange way as Barcelona are just the best team on the planet right now and a pleasure to watch every time they walk on a football pitch.

“I’m expecting them to get a result which will leave them as huge favourites.”

Enhanced odds: Get 14/1 on Arsenal to beat Barcelona

Arsenal are looking to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.

The Sport Review

Get 12/1 enhanced odds on Man United to beat Chelsea. Sign up now by clicking here. T&Cs apply.

MORE: Get TREBLE the odds on any sports bet. T&Cs apply

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

The Sport Review
Chelsea v Man Utd betting tips: Enhanced odds and kick-off time
The Sport Review
Philippe Coutinho: 27 photos of Liverpool playmaker’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 20 most stylish footballers in 2016: Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 FIFA 17 Premier League players: Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 10 most popular player shirt sales 2016: Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2016: Can you guess how much each Arsenal player earns?
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Man Utd player wages 2016: Can you guess how much each Man Utd player earns?
The Sport Review
Liverpool player wages 2016: Can you guess how much each Liverpool player earns?
The Sport Review
Stats highlight why Jose Mourinho won’t guide Man Utd to Premier League title
The Sport Review
Johanna Konta edged out of WTA Finals in Singapore by late Kuznetsova flourish
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger sends strong message to Arsenal star Mesut Ozil