Football pundit Paul Merson has given his prediction on who he thinks will win the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides meet in the North London derby at the Emirates with more than pride at stake considering there are only three points separating the rivals in the league table.
Unai Emery’s side are currently enjoying a seventeen match unbeaten run, while Spurs have won six on the bounce.
Mauricio Pochettino will be without the services of Davinson Sanchez (hamstring), Kieran Trippier (groin), Mousa Dembele (ankle), and Victor Wanyama (knee) while Erik Lamela is a doubt after picking up a thigh problem in Wednesday night’s win against Inter Milan in the Champions League.
One man who is fit in raring to go is Harry Kane, the Spurs forward has scored 25 goals in Premier League London derbies, putting him joint-sixth in the all-time list in the competition (level with former Arsenal player Robin van Persie).
Merson believes that it will be a case of shared bragging rights come Sunday.
He told Sky Sports: “If you go by last weekend and it was a horse race, you couldn’t look past Tottenham. I thought Arsenal weren’t very good, it was a great result but I don’t know how they can keep on getting lucky. Liverpool was lucky at times, Wolves was lucky at times, Bournemouth was lucky at times, but you hope this isn’t the game where it runs out.
“They have some spirit about them, although against Wolves they were so open, but they’re not losing games which they probably would have last season. You don’t want to be giving this Tottenham team a headstart, and if they play with their normal energy the best Arsenal can hope for is a draw – although they do turn up for these games.
“Tottenham have to play like they did last weekend, or Arsenal have every chance. But if they squeeze them, they haven’t got the ball players to play around it. They should start Mesut Ozil because they need all the passers they can get.”
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