Arsenal will qualify for Champions League last 16, says Charlie Nicholas
Last Updated: 25/11/15 6:19am
Arsenal have the quality needed to beat Olympiakos and qualify for the Champions League last 16, says Charlie Nicholas.
Arsenal, who lost three of their first four Group F games, kept their hopes of qualification alive with a 3-0 victory against Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates Stadium.
With Bayern Munich beating Olympiakos, the Gunners now need to go to Athens on Matchday Six and beat the Greek champions by two goals or more, although any margin of victory will be enough if they score three goals or more.
On all three occasions Arsenal have visited Karaiskakis Stadium they have lost but Nicholas thinks Arsene Wenger's side are good enough to get the job done this time around.
"Arsenal are a better team than Olympiakos," Nicholas told Soccer Special.
"They can go there and win by two clear goals and keep the back door shut. I think they can do it but I've been here before time and time again, [for example] Monaco last season.
"[In 2012-13 Arsenal] beat Bayern Munich away but went out because of one daft goal. That performance is still there at Arsenal but they can do it.
"If two or three are back fit they should be good enough to take care of this."
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were on target for the Gunners as they bounced back from a 2-1 defeat at West Brom last weekend.
Ozil sent Wenger's men - who saw Aaron Ramsey return from injury - on their way to victory with a diving header in the 29th minute before Sanchez scored either side of the break to round off the comfortable victory.
"Tonight was a much improved and a more fluent Arsenal," Nicholas added. "They were good on the eye and Ozil was fantastic. Sanchez looks tired at times but he still scores two goals.
"I'm a bit concerned about Giroud. His form wasn't good again tonight. His movement was lazy.
"But I'm expecting Walcott to be close to fitness by then [the Olympiakos game]. Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be back and Ramsey got just over 20 minutes which was refreshing."