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Sutton: Old Firm would fancy Arsenal

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Both Rangers and Celtic would fancy their chances of beating Arsenal in knockout stages of the Europa League were they to draw the Gunners, according to Chris Sutton. 

Unai Emery’s side limped to a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in front of a sparsely populated Emirates crowd on Thursday evening, and Sutton is of the opinion that both Glasgow clubs would view the Premier League giants as beatable opponents.

Writing on his personal Twitter account after last night’s action, Sutton said: “Celtic and Rangers (if they get the job done) would probably fancy Arsenal or Man United in the last 32…”

Should Arsenal be scared of Celtic and Rangers?

First of all, the chances of Arsenal actually drawing either Glasgow club are pretty slim. Rangers could still slip up at the last moment and fall out of the pot for the knockouts, but let’s assume that both Old Firm sides are in the running when the competition begins to heat up. Honestly, at the moment, they would be delighted to draw Arsenal – or at least Unai Emery’s Arsenal.

The Gunners look entirely rudderless at the moment. It’s hard to think of a more damning indictment of their current form than the sheer lack of supporters who bothered turning out against Frankfurt on Thursday, but those who stayed away were probably the lucky ones, truth be told.

This is the worst run of form the club has had to endure since 1992, as per the BBC, and not once did Arsene Wenger lead them on a slump this poor.

What’s most frustrating, however, is just how baffling some of Emery’s decisions are.

Last night, for instance, with his side a goal down and Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe on the bench, the Spaniard elected to bring on defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira.

At this stage, it almost feels as if he wants to lose his job, and any side coming up against the Gunners must be licking their lips.

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