Paul Merson has had his say on the upcoming clash between rivals Arsenal and Tottenham – and he thinks one team will “comfortably” win the game.
The Gunners welcome London rivals Spurs to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon after relinquishing their 100 per cent record in the Premier League to Liverpool last time out.
Unai Emery’s men went down 3-1 to the European champions but had won their first two league games of the season against Newcastle and Burnley.
Tottenham have had an indifferent start to their season that culminated with a disappointing loss at home to Newcastle on Sunday.
After coming from behind to beat Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the season, they drew 2-2 with champions Manchester City a week later, despite being completely outplayed for the whole game.
Arsenal took the spoils at home to Tottenham last season, recording a 4-2 victory, while a late Harry Kane equaliser in the reverse fixture rescued a point for Spurs.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, former Arsenal midfielder Merson was asked to give him predictions for the clash.
And he thinks that Arsenal will win the game easily.
“I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1,” said Merson. “I think they will rip Tottenham to shreds.”
“I think Spurs are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few.
“The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think.”
Merson went on to say that he thinks there are problems at Spurs right now, including the ongoing saga regarding Jan Vertonghen.
The Belgium international is arguably Mauricio Pochettino’s best defender but has not featured for the side yet this season.
“I think there is more to it than meets the eye at the moment with regards to Vertonghen,” Merson added.
“I don’t think he would play against Arsenal anyway because of Davinson Sanchez and his pace.
Vertonghen won’t be able to live with (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang’s pace so he will play Sanchez anyway.”
The game kicks off at 4.30pm on Sunday.