Arsenal have been warned that Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will let the side down against Manchester City
Strikers Lacazette and Aubameyang have scored 16 goals between them in the league this season but haven’t been able to help the north London side move up from ninth in the table.
They host City this weekend with just one win from their last 11 games – that victory coming against West Ham last Monday – with Freddie Ljungberg still in temporary charge.
And Gunners legend Nicholas reckons the duo go missing too often in big Premier League matches against the top six.
“We can guarantee goals in this one. I am going to go for a high scoreline here. Man City posted an emphatic win midweek but have major problems at the back.
“The Arsenal strikers looked as though they were more up for it and are scoring. Bukayo Saka played his part in the draw at Standard Liege, as did Gabriel Martinelli off the bench – we have some real promising youngsters.
“These are the games that they haven’t got a result in and I am not expecting one here.
“Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sometimes do not turn up in these games, if they get picked that is.
“I really have sympathy for Bernd Leno. He is a top-class goalkeeper but he will make mistakes as all goalkeepers do.
“He is playing behind a defence who do not protect him. There will be loads of goals in this.”
Meanwhile, Ljungberg has issued a plea to the Arsenal board to give him more help during his stint in the dugout.
“If you look at the person who was here before, he had a lot of staff,” said Ljungberg.
“I don’t have many staff. If you keep on going like that for months and months, it’s not easy. But that’s totally up to the club.
“The club have said I have to wait until they make a decision, so I can’t do anything. I have Per Mertesacker, but he is the academy manager helping me with the coaching.”