Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette need to offer more says former club striker Charlie Nicholas.
The Gunners head in for a tough fixture on Sunday, when they host reigning Premier League Manchester City. With both sides needing to win to keep tabs on current leaders Liverpool.
Arsenal sit ninth heading into Sunday’s fixture, and in dire need of goals to finish off the Citizens. With both sides having defensive issues to worry about.
However, while the former striker Charlie Nicholas guarantees goals in the fixture, there are worries if Arsenal’s talismanic figures Lacazette and Aubameyang can turn up for these games.
“We can guarantee goals in this one,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“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 [in a 3-1 win over West Ham]. Bukayo Saka played his part in the draw at Standard Liege, as did Gabriel Martinelli off the bench – we have some really 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 defense who do not protect him. There will be loads of goals in this.”
Arsenal sit seven points below the top four, and 27 below leaders Liverpool. At this rate, the Gunners will have to sit out both the UEFA Europa and Champions League next season. With Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton among three of their next four opponents in the festive season.