Paul Merson states his prediction for Norwich v Arsenal

Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal to return to winning ways with a comfortable win at Norwich City on Sunday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal to return to winning ways in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners slumped to a 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion in their most recent top-flight outing last weekend to leave them fourth in the table and two points behind leaders Leicester City.

Arsenal did return to winning ways in the Champions League on Tuesday night as they secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb at Emirates Stadium thanks two goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

And former Arsenal star Merson feels that the north London side will have too much for the Canaries at Carrow Road, despite them being without midfield general Francis Coquelin, who is out of action for 12 weeks with a knee injury.

Merson told Sky Sports: “Arsenal have to win this. I said that last week and they lost, but this is a similar game. They will miss Francis Coquelin. For all the talent they have in the team they couldn’t afford to lose him.

“It’s every year with Arsenal with the injuries. It’s not just once, this is all the time. I know Arsene Wenger doesn’t run them into the ground in training sessions. Wenger is very good with sport science, he isn’t one of those managers who will tire them.

MORE: Read the latest Arsenal player tweets

“Are they unlucky? Are the grounds too hard? Coquelin’s was unlucky, but look at Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s muscle injuries, I don’t think they were unlucky. That’s just not good preparation. That’s not unlucky, you shouldn’t be pulling muscles.

“But if Arsenal get going I think they’ll have too much for Norwich.”

Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since 2004 but have been tipped by many to challenge for the top-flight crown this season.

Martin Keown
Martin Keown warns Mikel Arteta about repeating Arsenal mistakes
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
Mikel Arteta delivers injury update on David Luiz ahead of Man United v Arsenal
Alexandre Lacazette
Mikel Arteta reacts to Alexandre Lacazette’s display in Arsenal’s loss to Leicester
Jurgen Klopp
BBC Sport pundit raves about ‘wonderful’ Liverpool FC star
Spurs legend Garth Crooks (Photo: Screengrab / BBC Sport)
BBC Sport pundit: Chelsea FC haven’t had a player like this for years
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard drops Hakim Ziyech hint ahead of Krasnodar v Chelsea FC
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Novak Djokovic
Erste Bank Open: Novak Djokovic closes on year-end No1 with opening Vienna win
Mesut Ozil
Laurent Koscielny sends message to Arsenal fans about Mesut Ozil
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher gives verdict on Donny van de Beek at Man United