By Amir Mir
Charlie Nicholas expects Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to start for Arsenal against Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas has backed his former side to win their final group game 3-1 in Switzerland.
Arsene Wenger’s men are level on points with leaders PSG in Group A, with the Ligue 1 champions hosting Ludogorets on the same night.
If the Gunners can better PSG’s result then they would top the group, but that scenario is unlikely as the Romanian champions have only picked up two points in two games.
Ahead of the fixture former striker Nicholas provided his verdict on the fixture and who is likely to play.
“I do expect Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to start,” Nicholas wrote in his Sky Sports column. “Mohamed Elneny might get a start and Alex Iwobi could come back in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but I don’t think he’ll take too many risks at the back other than Kieran Gibbs coming in.
“Momentum is important as well. Everyone is talking about Chelsea and the advantage of their lack of European football but after this game Arsenal don’t have the Champions League until February now and there’s a level playing field again.
“I do expect Arsenal to dominate this game and win convincingly, probably by a couple of goals, with Sanchez continuing with his impressive scoring form.”
Sanchez has been in blistering form this season, scoring 13 goals in 19 Premier League and Champions League games.
The Chilean international hit a hat-trick at the weekend as the north London club piled more misery on West Ham with a 5-1 hammering at the London Stadium.
By contrast Ozil has also been in devastating form, scoring eight goals in 18 Premier League and Champions League games, including scoring four times on the European stage.
After their trip to Switzerland, the Gunners host Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, before travelling to Goodison Park to take on Everton three days later.
In other Arsenal team news, supporters on Twitter were delighted with Calum Chambers’ display against Hull on Monday night.