‘These players must start’: Sky Sports pundit predicts Arsenal v Wolves

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Charlie Nicholas is backing Arsenal to claim a 2-1 victory in their Premier League clash against Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

The north London side head into the game looking to try and return to winning ways after the disappointment of their League Cup defeat by Liverpool FC at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Arsenal were pegged back and held to a 2-2 draw by Crystal Palace in their most recent Premier League game last weekend and that result has left the north Londoners off the pace in the race for Champions League qualification.

The Gunners are currently fifth in the Premier League table and four points behind Chelsea FC after having won just four of their opening four top-flight games this season.

Former Arsenal star Nicholas thinks Granit Xhaka is “done” after the controversy involving the midfielder last weekend during the draw with Palace.

But Nicholas thinks that it is vital that Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, and Dani Ceballos all start Saturday’s clash if the Gunners are to get a result.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “Will Granit Xhaka start, or will he leave the building before the final whistle? He is done in my opinion.

“The anger that has come out from the Arsenal fans has been there for a long time. They are not asking for Unai Emery’s head, but when is he going to get the balance of the team right? He cannot solve the major defensive issues, as that is the reality staring everyone in the face.

“I am a massive fan of playing Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, with Dani Ceballos just behind, so they should see Wolves off.

“These players must start to take the tension off the defenders and produce. I think they will do, while Wolves are still unpredictable in what they want to do and where they are.

“Wolves should have won this game last year when they came to the Emirates. If Wolves have a go, they could win this game easily, like 2-0 or 3-0.

“The crowd are going to be on Arsenal’s case, but they will get over the line in this one.”

Arsenal are aiming to try and break back into the top four this season after they finished fifth and without a trophy last term.

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