Paul Merson: Why Arsenal will beat Man United on Sunday
Paul Merson reckons Arsenal will have too much for Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Sunday
Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal to signal their title credentials by claiming a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners head into Sunday’s showdown knowing that a win would move them level on points with the Premier League leaders heading into the forthcoming international break.
United are currently one point clear at the top of the table after their 3-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford last weekend.
And former Arsenal midfielder Merson is tipping Arsene Wenger’s men to bounce back from their shock 3-2 defeat by Olympiacos in the Champions League in midweek by notching up a crucial victory over Louis van Gaal’s side in north London.
Merson told Sky Sports: “This is a big game. I have been critical of United all season, questioning whether they are good enough. They have been playing well, nicking results here and there. If they win this game you’ve got to put them down as big players in the title race.
“Victory at the Emirates would make them second or even joint-favourites in my opinion. United haven’t been incredible but they haven’t done anything wrong.
“Arsenal have to win this game otherwise Arsene Wenger will be under severe pressure. The game will probably go how it does all the time.
“Arsenal will turn up, dominate the game and United will break on them and score. Despite that, I’m going to go for an Arsenal win because they simply have to.”
Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League table after having taken 13 points form their opening seven games in the top flight.
Early pace-setters Manchester United, meanwhile, are top of the pile after taking 16 from a possible 21.