Sky Sports pundit predicts Arsenal v Vitoria

Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Arsenal's clash with Vitoria in the Europa League on Thursday night

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Charlie Nicholas is tipping Arsenal to claim a 3-1 victory over Vitoria in the Europa League at The Emirates on Thursday night.

The Gunners head into the game looking to try and get back to winning ways after the disappointment of their 1-0 loss to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday night.

Arsenal’s defeat by the Blades has left them outside of the top four as Unai Emery looks to try and steer the Gunners back into the Champions League qualification spots this season.

The north London side have won both of their Europa League games so far this season and they have been in good form in Europe’s second tier club competition.

And former Arsenal star Nicholas is tipping the Gunners to claim all three points when they host Vitoria at The Emirates this week.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “It should be another night where Arsenal can make some changes.

“We need to see whether Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney will be back and I would hope that Emile Smith-Rowe could come in, as well as Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson.

“Will he throw Mesut Ozil into this situation? I think Unai Emery knows Ozil is not training hard enough, so that is why he is not putting him in the team. He is still there so I would play him.

“Alexandre Lacazette could make a return on Thursday and you could play Bukayo Saka down the middle and rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“If Rob Holding is fit, he should come in and play. It will be six or seven changes but I expect Arsenal to get the job done.”

Arsenal will then switch their attentions back towards Premier League affairs and their home clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

They then have the small matter of their League Cup fourth-round trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool FC on Wednesday 30 October.

Arsenal have struggled to find consistent form in the Premier League in recent seasons and they have not won the title since their famous unbeaten triumph in 2003-04.

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