Paul Merson states prediction for Arsenal v Swansea

The former Arsenal midfielder expects Arsene Wenger's side to ease to a comfortable win against Swansea City

Paul Merson says he expects Arsenal to extend their winning run against Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners have won their last five Premier League games against Southampton, Hull City, Watford, Chelsea and Burnley to leave Arsene Wenger’s side in third place and two points behind leaders Manchester City.

The north London side left it late at Turf Moor, though, as Laurent Koscielny’s added-time winner sealed a 1-0 win against Sean Dyche’s side ahead of the international break.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is tipping the Gunners to maintain their current momentum on Saturday afternoon when Wenger’s players entertain struggling Swansea.

“If I was Bob Bradley, I would probably have waited until Monday before taking charge! This is a tough first game,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Swansea have a great recent record at the Emirates and Arsenal were lucky against Burnley, but I see a Gunners victory here.”

Merson added: “It’s always dangerous coming off an international break and star players like Alexis Sanchez will have done a lot of travelling, but the way Arsenal are playing at the moment means Swansea will do well to get near them.”

Arsenal made a below-par start to the 2016-17 Premier League season following a 4-3 loss to top-four rivals Liverpool before a goalless draw with reigning champions Leicester.

The Gunners finished in second place in the Premier League table last term but 10 points behind Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester side.

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Swansea suffered a 2-1 loss to Liverpool in their last game before the international break.

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