Paul Merson has backed Arsenal to get the better of Tottenham Hotspur if Mikel Arteta’s side are at their best tomorrow afternoon.
Spurs come into the game high on confidence, having won five straight games in all competitions, scoring 15 and conceding just one goal in the process.
Jose Mourinho’s men seem to have turned a corner over the past couple of weeks, with Garth Bale showing signs of coming back to his best in recent matches.
Arsenal’s results have improved over the past couple of months after their poor start to the season but they have still struggled to string results together and currently sit in tenth place in the table, seven points below Spurs.
Merson believes that this Arsenal side are a different kettle of fish to the one Spurs beat in December and insisted the Gunners’ passing and movement is better than that of Tottenham’s
The former Arsenal midfielder wrote in his column for The Daily Star: “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. I think their passing and movement is better.
“Spurs rely too much on Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, and lately Gareth Bale. But 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.
“And if Spurs don’t win, that’s it for their top-four chances. They can’t afford to lose this game. One hundred per cent.”
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While Arsenal’s results might not be anything to shout about, I do believe they have improved a lot as a team since Christmas. However, I fancy us to score at least a couple of goals given the firepower we have upfront and their defensive frailties. I can potentially see this game ending 2-2.
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