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Nicholas predicts Arsenal v Standard Liege

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Charlie Nicholas believes that Arsenal will draw their Europa League clash with Stanadard Liege on Thursday evening. 

The Gunners travel to Belgium knowing that a point will be enough to secure them top spot in their group, and Nicholas expects them to manage just that.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I don’t see many things transforming on the pitch. I think Freddie Ljungberg will make more changes and they will go to Belgium more upbeat, but I imagine Alexandre Lacazette will start.

“Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson will start most likely too, but I am not sure what he will pick defensively.

“I imagine David Luiz will play, but Ljungberg is limited in choice with the full-backs being injured.

“It is not a turning point for Arsenal yet and I think they will be happy with a point – that is all they need and will take from the match in order to be the top seed.”

Nicholas predicts a 2-2 draw.

How are Arsenal likely to fair in Belgium?

Honestly, at the moment, who can really have a clue as to which Arsenal side are going to turn up on any given day?

You would like to think that they have more than enough to beat Standard Liege on Thursday, but there’s every chance that they could put in the kind of performance that saw them lose to Brighton last week or draw against struggling Norwich City not too long ago.

The only saving grace here is that their goal difference is superior enough to all but guarantee them a spot in the next round, regardless of the outcome this evening.

Factor in the fact that the Gunners really put Liege to the sword back in October, scoring four goals, having twice as many shots, and 62% possession, as per the BBC, and you would hope that this will be a cakewalk, but nothing is certain in North London at the moment.

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