Paul Merson: This fixture will be tougher for Tottenham than Arsenal derby

Paul Merson believes West Ham will be a trickier game for Tottenham than Saturday's north London derby

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Paul Merson believes West Ham United will pose Tottenham Hotspur more of a threat on Wednesday night than Arsenal in Saturday’s derby.

The Gunners suffered a 3-2 defeat by a weakened Manchester United side on Sunday afternoon to extend their winless run to three games in the last nine days.

The best I can see Tottenham coming away with is a draw

Paul Merson

Tottenham, on the other hand, secured a morale boosting comeback over Swansea City after goals from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose sealed a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.

Former Arsenal playmaker Merson reckons their West Ham clash will be the toughest assignment of Tottenham’s remaining 11 games, despite the visit of the Gunners at The Lane on Saturday afternoon.

“This could be the hardest game Tottenham have got left to play this season (I know they play a North London Derby on Saturday – but if Arsenal play like they did at Old Trafford, they’ll get turned over),” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Every West Ham fan does not want Tottenham to win the Premier League and the atmosphere will be like a cup final on Wednesday night.

“Mark Noble was on The Fantasy Football Club recently saying the atmosphere against Liverpool was phenomenal – and I think this will be the same. The best I can see Tottenham coming away with is a draw.”

Tottenham are in second place in the Premier League table and two points behind leaders Leicester City in the title race.

MORE: The latest Tottenham news and views

MORE: The latest Tottenham player tweets

Spurs were 4-1 winners against the Hammers at White Hart Lane in the Premier League earlier this season.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Andy Murray
Andy Murray opens the floodgates with news of impending retirement
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
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Bryan Robson sends message to Man United fans about Paul Pogba
Bryan Robson sends message to Man United fans about Paul Pogba
Jamie Carragher names one change at Man United under Ole Gunner Solskjaer
Jamie Carragher names one change at Man United under Ole Gunner Solskjaer
Belgian reporter delivers latest update on Eden Hazard’s Chelsea FC future
Belgian reporter delivers latest update on Eden Hazard’s Chelsea FC future