Paul Merson states his prediction for Arsenal v Man City

Paul Merson is backing Arsenal to secure a 3-1 win over Manchester City on Monday night

Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal to beat Manchester City in Monday’s crunch Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners, who are currently second in the Premier League table, head into the game looking to secure a victory to underline their title credentials as the hectic festive period approaches.

Arsenal were comfortable 2-0 winners over Aston Villa at Villa Park last weekend, a win which came after they booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by beating Olympiacos.

Former Arsenal star Merson has been thoroughly impressed by what he has seen from the Gunners in recent weeks and is tipping the north London side to seal a 3-1 win over City on Monday – and go on to win the Premier League title.

Merson told Sky Sports: “I’m going for Arsenal to win this one, and go on to win the title comfortably. I’ve watched Man City a few times, and they keep on falling over the line against teams.

“You have to think Arsenal are probably going to go out of the Champions League to Barcelona, and Man City should go through against Dynamo Kiev. City also have another two games in the Capital One Cup, where they usually play their best side, so there’s four extra matches. If Arsenal win this, I think they kick on.

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“What has changed for Arsenal this season? The other teams being unpredictable has helped, nobody has had major momentum throughout the season, but Arsenal have been mildly consistent.

“They were very professional last week against Aston Villa – they came out of the blocks, and didn’t come out with the attitude Liverpool had at Newcastle the week before, even though Villa are rock bottom. Their attitude has been spot on.”

Arsenal and Manchester City played out a 2-2 draw at Emirates Stadium in the same fixture last season.

The north London side are currently a point ahead of City in the table.

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