Pundit and Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas is worried about tonight’s trip to face Napoli in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final, according to Sky Sports.
Arsenal’s away form has been a concern since before Unai Emery took over at the Emirates Stadium and it has not improved enough during the Spaniard’s reign to put Nicholas at ease despite the fact they take a 2-0 lead to Italy.
Nicholas said: “I am very nervous. I would abandon the goalkeeper getting it and playing it around at the back. I would go back to front and get the game played higher up the pitch.
“If they go with the back three, fine. I would leave Mesut Ozil out, play Ramsey in front of the holding midfielders, and put Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette further up.”
Arsenal struggled against Watford on Monday, against a side who gifted them an early goal and had a men sent off minutes later.
So Nicholas is right to be worried about the Gunners going to one of the most hostile atmospheres in Europe and defending their two-goal lead.
Arsenal do need to find a goal – and they have the pace on the break to get it, especially against a side who need to pour forward, but their defence will need to stand firm.