Paul Merson states prediction for Leicester City v Arsenal

Paul Merson has question mark over the Arsenal defence ahead of Leicester City trip

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Paul Merson believes Arsenal will have to settle for a score draw with Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Gunners will face the reigning Premier League champions in their second game of the 2016/17 season after a disappointing opening weekend for Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a 4-3 defeat by title rivals Liverpool despite Theo Walcott giving the hosts a first-half lead at the Emirates Stadium.

Philippe Coutinho’s double and goals from Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane secured a thrilling seven-goal win for Jurgen Klopp’s men in north London.

Leicester, meanwhile, suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat by promoted side Hull City at KC Stadium as the Foxes made a disappointing start to the defence of their crown.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson admits that he doesn’t have too much faith in Wenger’s defence after Liverpool managed to score four times at The Emirates last weekend.

“This is a big football match and I think there will be goals,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Last season, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth blocked every shot they jumped in front of, and I don’t think that will happen again.

“Arsenal can’t defend, we know that, so I’m going for a score draw.”

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004 when Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira inspired the Gunners to an unbeaten season.

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The Gunners finished in second place but 10 points behind Leicester last term.

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