Paul Merson makes surprise Arsenal claim in warning to Tottenham ahead of North London Derby

Paul Merson believes Arsenal are favourites ahead of their North London Derby with Tottenham on Sunday.

The Gunners welcome their biggest rivals having taken a big step towards the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday with a 3-1 away win over Olympiacos.

But they will go up against a Tottenham side on a five-game winning run and back in with a shot of making the top four, five points behind Chelsea with a game in-hand.

Arsenal will be looking to spoil those hopes, and according to former player turned pundit Merson, they are favourites to do so due to four key players.

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

“I think Arsenal are favourites against them this weekend. I really do. If both teams play to the best of their ability I think Arsenal win the game,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.

“I think their passing and movement is better. Spurs rely too much on Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, and lately Gareth Bale.

“Arsenal are a different team to the one Spurs beat in December. Bukayo Saka is playing really well. Willian looks like he has turned a corner. Nicolas Pepe had his best game yet against Leicester.

“And Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is scoring goals again and looks much more confident. Arsenal will have to keep the back door shut, but I give them every chance in this game.”

By signing up for our Arsenal newsletter, you will receive a once-daily email, focused around goings-on at Emirates Stadium.

You won’t miss a thing when it comes to the Gunners – you’ll get all you need to know directly into your inbox.

We’ll also send out special newsletters with any big breaking news too.

And with the January transfer window now open there’s plenty of content to get your teeth into.

How do you sign up?

It’s easy and only takes seconds.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article – or any article on the Arsenal section of in fact – labelled ‘Get the biggest daily stories by email’ and click ‘Subscribe’.

And that’s it, you’re all set.

If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters – but we don’t think you’ll want to.

For more details, click here.

When the two sides met earlier this season, Tottenham won 2-0 thanks to goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, a duo Arsenal will be wary of again here.

But while Tottenham remain favourites on paper, despite Merson’s claim, much has changed since the last meeting with Arsenal recovering from their dire start, even if not to the level they will have wished, still 10th in the table.

Source link

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on stumbleupon