Paul Merson states his prediction for Bournemouth v Arsenal

Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal to be held to a 2-2 draw by Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon

Paul Merson is predicting that Arsenal will struggle against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon and is tipping the game to end in a 2-2 draw.

The Gunners head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their goalless draw against Southampton at The Emirates on Tuesday night.

That result left the north London side in fourth place in the table behind Tottenham, who leapfrogged their local rivals thanks to their superior goal difference.

Former Arsenal man Merson feels that the Gunners are in for a stern test of their title credentials on Sunday and reckons the game will end all square.

Merson told Sky Sports: “It’s a must, must, must, must, must-win game for Arsenal.

“They were Premier League favourites and now, all of a sudden, they’re looking over their shoulder.

“This is a good game for Arsenal as they’re not going to get kicked off the pitch by Bournemouth, but the Cherries have come into form of late.

“Benik Afobe will be a handful and he’ll be keen to impress against his former club. Because of that I fancy Bournemouth to get a point.

“Arsenal haven’t won in the league for a month, their confidence is shot at the moment and, to make things worse, Tottenham are above them!”

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Arsenal, who have won the FA Cup for the last two years, have failed to score a single goal in their last three Premier League outings as they look to win the title for the first time since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season.

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