Sky Sports pundit gives his prediction for Napoli v Arsenal
Charlie Nicholas is tipping Arsenal to make it through to the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night
Charlie Nicholas is tipping Arsenal to make it through to the Europa League semi-finals despite backing them to lose 2-1 to Napoli on Thursday night.
The Gunners head into the return leg of their quarter-final tie after having won the first leg 2-0 at The Emirates last week.
Arsenal are aiming to make it through to the semi-finals for the second season running as they look to try and win the Europa League this term.
The north London side warmed up for their trip to Italy on Thursday night by claiming a 1-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Monday night.
And although Arsenal legend Nicholas is tipping his former team to lose Thursday’s game, he feels that the Gunners will still make it through to the last four.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “I am very nervous to be honest with you. Napoli could have scored a couple but Arsenal had so many chances to extend their lead at the Emirates.
“I would abandon the goalkeeper getting it and playing it around at the back. I would go back to front and get the game played higher up the pitch.
“I would keep Lucas Torreira in the team and keep Matteo Guendouzi sitting in front of the back four. If they go with the back three that is fine too. I would leave Mesut Ozil out and put Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in.
“I would play Ramsey in front of the holding midfielders and put Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette further up. I think Arsenal have to score in this one and they will.”
Arsenal are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table as they aim to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish.
The north London side are looking to try and qualify for the Champions League after having finished outside the top four for the last two seasons running under Arsene Wenger.