By Russell Edge
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has said that he expects Arsenal to continue their winning ways in their clash with Southampton on Wednesday.
The Gunners overcame Manchester United 2-0 in their last game thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck to keep themselves in contention for a top-four spot.
Southampton meanwhile had Fraser Forster to thank in their 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, with the goalkeeper pulling off an impressive save to deny James Milner from the penalty spot.
However, Nicholas believes that Arsenal, despite it being a must-win game in terms of their slim top four hopes, will be feeling as though the pressure is off.
He says that this could be the edge over what is bound to be a drained Southampton side and he predicts a 2-0 win for Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium.
He told Sky Sports: “I think the pressure is off in terms of the top four and we know that suits this Arsenal team, so I’m expecting them to win this.
“That result against Liverpool must have taken a lot out of them [Southampton].
“I think Claude Puel is asking a lot of his team to go out and produce another dogged performance.”
Nicholas said that the Gunners’ improved performances came down to the displays of one man, thanks to Arsene Wenger’s decision to play him further forward.
“Aaron Ramsey is playing in more of an advanced role and he’s much better when he can make those runs,” he told Sky Sports News on their website.
“It also brings better balance to the team with him playing along with Danny Welbeck – their movement brings more out of Mesut Ozil compared to the static Olivier Giroud.”
Arsenal currently sit sixth on 63 points, six points behind fourth placed Manchester City, and have four games remaining this season.
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