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​Arsenal legend Nicholas predicts tight win over Atletico Madrid

Charlie Nicholas is backing Arsenal to secure a narrow win against Atletico Madrid when the two sides clash in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday.

While Nicholas believes that Arsenal will go on to win the game, he also expects Atletico to grab a valuable away goal as he predicts a 2-1 score line in favour of the Gunners.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: "Arsenal finally made the breakthrough announcement they needed, with Arsene Wenger confirming his departure at the end of the season.

"But I don't think the Gunners were overly impressive at the weekend.

"I thought it was a really strange selection not starting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [in the 4-1 win over West Ham].

"Alexandre Lacazette has found himself some scoring form but he's probably still thinking he wishes his move to Atletico Madrid had gone through in the summer.

"Atletico are heavy favourites for me with their defensive strength and Arsenal's backline constantly making me nervous.

"How Shkodran Mustafi is still in the team is beyond me, but the competition isn't really there.

"There's not much between these two sides other than their defences and I can see Arsenal scoring a couple of times at the Emirates Stadium.

"But my concern is keeping that concentration to prevent Atletico snatching a vital away goal."

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