Paul Merson states his prediction for Man City v Arsenal

Paul Merson looks ahead to Arsenal's trip to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon

Paul Merson is expecting Arsenal and Manchester City to play out a 1-1 draw at The Etihad in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 2-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park in midweek.

City, meanwhile, beat Watford to return to winning ways following their defeat by Leicester City last weekend.

Arsenal will be keen to get their title bid back on track and keep pace with Chelsea at the top of the table.

City have already been beaten by the likes of Chelsea and Leicester this season, and Arsenal star Merson is expecting to see a 1-1 draw between the two sides this weekend.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “I cannot pick this one. It is so hard. A draw is no good for either side, really, and both have to go for it, which might mean they cancel each other out.

“Arsenal couldn’t cope with the tempo of Everton on Tuesday night, but Man City won’t play like that this weekend. It all depends what Pep Guardiola does. In the last big game, he changed his formation to match Chelsea and they had a enough chances to win that.

“Both teams are capable of winning this 3-0. I am sitting on the fence here.”

MORE: The latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: The latest Arsenal player tweets

Arsenal are looking to win the Premier League title for the first time since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season.

The Gunners finished in second place last season.

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane (Photo: Raphael Varane / Instagram)
Fabrizio Romano: Raphael Varane set to sign five-year deal with Man United
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'He is their number one target': David Ornstein gives update on Arsenal link to Aaron Ramsdale
Thomas Tuchel
Journalist reveals why Chelsea FC pulled out of race to sign Real Madrid star
Thomas Tuchel
Steve Nicol: Chelsea FC will have to make this signing before the new season
Thomas Tuchel
'Negotiations are progressing well': Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea FC want to sign Jules Kounde
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane (Photo: Raphael Varane / Instagram)
Fabrizio Romano: Raphael Varane set to sign five-year deal with Man United
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'He is their number one target': David Ornstein gives update on Arsenal link to Aaron Ramsdale
Thomas Tuchel
Journalist reveals why Chelsea FC pulled out of race to sign Real Madrid star
Thomas Tuchel
Steve Nicol: Chelsea FC will have to make this signing before the new season
Thomas Tuchel
'Negotiations are progressing well': Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea FC want to sign Jules Kounde
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