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Nicholas Reveals What “Scares” Him About Arsenal Heading Into The Valencia Clash

Former Gunners star Charlie Nicholas fears Valencia’s away goal could prove crucial when they face Arsenal in the Europa League semi-final this evening.

The TV pundit believes the London club’s defence is unlikely to hold out at the Mestalla, and while his former team do have a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg, he’s predicting an edgy night:

“With that away goal, it scares me. I am on edge again here because I don’t know how Unai Emery goes about setting up his defence here.”

“The only way I can see Arsenal getting through this is if they go with a back five. Two will protect in the middle, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette should start up front. It doesn’t matter who plays next weekend so get those two in the team.”

Nicholas is predicting a 2-1 win for Valencia, with Arsenal just making it to the final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Gunners fans will, however, be hoping for a more comfortable evening than that but Valencia’s 6-2 thrashing of Huesca last weekend, having rested some key players, doesn’t bode well in terms of Arsenal keeping a clean sheet.

To be fair to Unai Emery’s side, they did manage to do just that in the last round, taking a two-goal lead to Italy before winning 1-0 against Napoli at the San Paolo. As Nicholas right points out, though, that away goal could be vital.

 

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