Sky Sports pundit states his prediction for Arsenal v Tottenham
Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Arsenal's home clash with Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday
Charlie Nicholas is backing Arsenal to claim a 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners head into the game looking to return to winning ways in the top flight after they suffered a 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC in their third game of the season last weekend.
Spurs also suffered a defeat in their most recent game after going down 1-0 to Newcastle United in front of their home fans in what was a surprise result.
Arsenal have won two of their three Premier League games to leave them in third place heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures in the top flight.
And former Gunners star Nicholas is expecting to see the north London side claim a victory over the Lilywhites at The Emirates this weekend.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “I cannot say I expected any more from the Liverpool game last week.
“Arsenal played alright – David Luiz cost us with stupid mistakes, which is what he does at times. Arsenal did not deserve anything but they could have threatened.
“Unai Emery didn’t play Alexandre Lacazette and Dani Ceballos should have played further forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe had chances and I did not come away feeling overly disappointed. I do not feel like we got embarrassed.
“Emery does not trust his players enough. He always tends to leave Lacazette out and go with pace. Joe Willock did OK, but didn’t get on the ball much. You need to go into these games with the best attackers.
“I would always play Lacazette through the middle, Pepe on the right and Aubameyang on the left. Tottenham are nervous at the moment and mistakes always come from these matches. Ceballos needs to be closer to the front three too.”
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last season.
The Gunners will be looking to break back into the top four this term as they look to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League under Unai Emery.
Spurs, meanwhile, ended up fourth in the table last term, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men having lost the Champions League final to Liverpool FC.