Paul Merson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash against Arsenal tomorrow afternoon.
Ange Postecoglou has revitalised Tottenham this season with fans having welcomed the Australian’s no-nonsense approach which has seen the club make their best start to a league campaign for 58 years, with four wins and one draw from their opening five fixtures.
A trip to the Emirates has not been an enjoyable experience for Tottenham in recent times with Spurs having won only two of their 31 Premier League visits to the Gunners, drawing 11 and losing 18.
Paul Merson tips Arsenal to thrash Tottenham
Merson believes his old side will secure the bragging rights with a convincing victory over their rivals to end their unbeaten start in the top flight this season.
He told SportsKeeda: “The only time I miss playing football is when this game comes along as I’ve experienced some of my best and worst memories as a professional in this fixture. This is an absolutely massive game – more so considering how both sides have started the season. People up and down the country sometimes don’t realize how big the North London derby is, but I expect this weekend to serve a timely reminder as to why this is one of the most anticipated games in world football.
“I’m very bullish, but I think Arsenal will win this game easily. Tottenham have started the season well – there’s no question about it. However, if they play gung-ho football and look to take the game to Arsenal, the Gunners will destroy them. If they stay quiet and look to nick a goal on the counter, they could be in with a chance, but I can’t see that happening as that’s not how they’ve played so far under Ange Postecoglou.
“Earlier this month, Burnley had 16 shots against Tottenham and scored twice despite losing 5-2. If Spurs adopt a similar brand of football against Arsenal, I’m afraid to say it won’t end well for them. Guglielmo Vicario deserves a shot for slotting in between the posts for Tottenham – I’d say he’s gone under the radar a little bit as James Maddison has stolen the show at the start of the season.
“Arsenal are coming on the back of a resounding win against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League and should top that up with another impressive result at the Emirates Stadium.
“Prediction: Arsenal 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur.”
Merson was always going to pick Arsenal in his prediction, however, to say that his former employer will run out 4-1 winners is a bit of a stretch. It is no surprise after he claimed earlier this summer that Tottenham will finish in the bottom half of the table without Harry Kane (Sky Sports).
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