Charlie Nicholas' Europa League prediction: Arsenal v CSKA Moscow

Generic Charlie Nicholas image 10/08/2016

Charlie Nicholas is back with more predictions as Arsenal take on CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals.

The Gunners are pursuing their only realistic route back into Europe's top-tier competition and will hope to build a first-leg lead on home soil on Thursday night.

Here's what Charlie is predicting in the clash...

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Arsenal v CSKA Moscow (Thursday, 8.05pm)

Arsenal were bog standard at the weekend but somehow managed to come out of it with some momentum thanks to the three late goals against Stoke.

Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is obviously a miss as he is cup-tied but it was good to see his team spirit letting Alexandre Lacazette take the second penalty.

I'd like to see Arsenal finish the league season the way they rounded that game off, with Aubameyang coming in off the left and Lacazette central - surely that is the reason Arsene Wenger signed both?

Alexandre Lacazette
Image: Alexandre Lacazette scored a late penalty in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Stoke

However, that obviously can't happen on Thursday night, so Danny Welbeck will keep his place on the left and hopefully get his name back on the scoresheet.

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It is too early for Arsenal to be getting ahead of themselves and thinking about winning this trophy yet - the focus must be on getting a good win heading to Moscow and avoiding another difficult situation.

Charlie predicts: 3-0 and Lacazette to score first (19/1 with Sky Bet)

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