Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has backed Arsene Wenger to recover from a tumultuous week by beating AC Milan in the San Siro on Thursday night.
The Gunners have now lost eight games in all competitions in 2018, which is more than Premier League basement club West Brom, following Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against Brighton.
That reverse against the Seagulls came on the back of a week that saw Arsene Wenger’s side outclassed twice in the space of five days against Manchester City to heap yet more pressure on the Frenchman.
Some Arsenal fans might want Wenger to leave the club as early as possible but the likelihood is that he will still be in charge for the trip to face Gennaro Gattuso’s side in the last 16 of the Europa League.
The Gunners’ away form has been dreadful this season and although Milan have not been the force they once were for around ten years now, a trip to the San Siro is still an intimidating prospect.
Their last visit ended in a 4-0 defeat, back in 2012, but despite that and their recent poor spell, Nicholas told Sky Sports that he can see Arsenal coming out on top.
He predicted a 2-1 win for the Gunners, backing Danny Welbeck to bag a goal and said:
“I didn’t expect Arsenal to win at the weekend. I’ve never seen such pain in Arsene Wenger’s face and what does he do with this squad?
“Laurent Koscielny was an absolute embarrassment, Shkodran Mustafi has been an embarrassment too since he joined. AC Milan are bog standard and don’t score many goals.
“Sat seventh in Serie A with just 37 goals scored and 30 conceded – they’re far from the football machine of days gone by.
“At least Arsenal have goals in them and this is the competition they’re all in for, so I actually think they are value as outsiders to win on Thursday night.”
The whole of Italian football is still reeling from the sudden and tragic death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who used to play for Milan and that may play a part in Thursday’s game.
Nicholas is right about one thing, Arsenal have all their eggs in the Europa League basket – it is their only remaining hope of getting into the Champions League next season.