By Harvey Byrne
Charlie Nicholas has predicted a 3-1 Arsenal victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the Wednesday evening Champions League encounter.
The former Gunners striker has tipped Frenchman Olivier Giroud to score the opener and believes the Ligue 1 outfit may be caught open as they have to attack.
The north London outfit are currently top of their Champions League Group A with 10 points, while PSG sit level with them in second.
The Gunners currently lead them with three more goals on their goal difference, which means the French side can’t sit back if they want to win the group.
This has guided the prediction of Sky Sports pundit Nicholas, who has gone for a convincing home victory at the Emirates Stadium.
“Well it’s not just top spot up for grabs but there’s also the incentive for Arsenal in that they can relax for their final game if they win rather than just settle for a draw,” wrote Nicholas in his Sky Sports column.
“They haven’t played well in the last couple of games but they’ve avoided defeats when they were struggling again, setting themselves up to beat Spurs before salvaging a draw at Old Trafford.
“I think they are stronger mentally even if they’re not playing as well, and PSG are not the great side they once were.
“PSG cannot play for the goalless draw so you expect them to come out and attack, and Edinson Cavani will be dangerous again on the break.
“Mesut Ozil disappointed me immensely at Old Trafford but I still expect him to deliver here. I think Olivier Giroud deserves to start in the team but does Alexis Sanchez get a rest or does Theo Walcott drop out now? I would like Sanchez to start and to be closer to Giroud.”
The two sides met earlier in the season in September playing out a 1-1 draw with goals from Edison Cavani and Alexis Sanchez.
The duo are also unbeaten in the group with neither team able to be separated with three wins and one draw each.
Arsenal will travel to Switzerland to face Basel for their final match of the group stage, while PSG will host Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets.
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