Charlie Nicholas claimed Arsenal attackers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang must be angry and frustrated ahead of their side facing Southampton.
The former Arsenal player put a positive spin on the attacking duo being potentially angry, however, as he suggested they’d take out their frustrations on Southampton by scoring.
Nicholas predicted the Gunners to beat the Saints 4-1 but admitted that the game may see a late windfall of goals, rather than Unai Emery’s side be comfortable throughout the match.
“Urgh! I never know what to predict with Arsenal anymore except goals,” said Nicholas on Sky Sports News (14:40, Friday, November 22nd).
“I went big because I think Southampton poor at the back, yes they’ve rectified since their 9-0 loss but Arsenal must be angry.
“This fella (Aubameyang), him and Lacazette must be angry and frustrated, so Arsenal will eventually get there.
“It may be a late windfall of goals, but I think Arsenal will be comfortable.”
Is Nicholas right with his prediction?
Well, Arsenal fans will certainly hope Nicholas is right to predict a big win for his former side as that could change the mood around the Emirates.
However, Nicholas makes it clear he never knows what to predict with Arsenal and that hardly will see supporters have any faith in the pundit’s prediction.
Yet they may happily accept that Aubameyang and Lacazette will be frustrated ahead of the game, it’s just whether that leads to goals for the duo.
Aubameyang has scored nine goals across all competitions this season, averaging a very impressive goal every 131 minutes (Source: BBC Sport), but he hasn’t exactly had much luck lately.
The 30-year-old has only scored once in his last five league game, with his drop in form going hand in hand with the Gunners struggling for results, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he is tearing at the bit to score against Southampton, especially with them struggling this season.
As for Lacazette, he hasn’t scored since returning from an ankle injury, that saw him miss seven games (Source: Transfermarkt), and he’s likely frustrated that his time on the sidelines has seen his form vanish.
After all ahead of getting injured, he had scored two goals in his first three league outings.