Charlie Nicholas delivers Europa League predictions for Arsenal v Frankfurt and Astana v Man Utd

Arsenal and Man Utd are both in Europa League action on Thursday evening (Picture: Getty)

Charlie Nicholas expects his struggling former club Arsenal to prove too strong for Eintracht Frankfurt but says Manchester United will drop points at Astana.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United can book their places in the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Unai Emery’s Arsenal, who have won just two of their last 11 Premier League fixtures to drop to eighth in the table, welcome German side Frankfurt to the Emirates.

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Manchester United, meanwhile, will take an inexperienced squad to Kazakhstan as they look to defeat Astana and tighten their grip on the top of their Europa League group.

Nicholas believes Arsenal will edge a high-scoring thriller on Thursday but can envisage Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United enduring a frustrating night at Astana.

On United’s trip to Kazakhstan, Nicholas said: ‘Everyone is talking about managers under pressure.

‘On Saturday, when the football had finished, we said Marco Silva could be out and Manuel Pellegrini and Unai Emery could soon follow.

‘A 10-minute performance has kept Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hanging by a thread.

‘Can he get any consistency from the youngsters? What is his best partnership in defence? I don’t know. Phil Jones isn’t the answer.

Unai Emery is fighting to save his job at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)

‘Harry Maguire has struggled and they do not look a team at the moment. Even with the energy at the moment, they missed presence of Scott McTominay.

‘These grounds are awkward to get results from but this will be another one of those nights for Manchester United. I’m going 1-1.’

On Arsenal’s Europa League clash, the Gunners hero added: ‘I look at the schedule of what Emery normally does.

‘Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Dani Ceballos and Joe Willock will play – I am not sure if Emile Smith Rowe will be fit.

‘Arsenal are in a decent position in the group and will cement their place in the knockout stages, while easing off some of the pressure on Emery by the time this is done.

‘I think the hardest part will be the crowd. I don’t think there will be one at all. It will only be if they want to see the younger guys.

‘They don’t want to see the defence, and if they come for a moan, which is in their veins, this will be awkward for the players.

‘The youngsters are trying their best, but who deserves to be in the side? He will rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and, dare I say, Mesut Ozil, and so Nicolas Pepe will probably play.

‘Arsenal will win, but only by the enthusiasm of the youngsters. Martinelli has a great thing going for him so I think he will shine. As usual, there will be goals. Arsenal 3-2 Frankfurt.’

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