Paul Merson states confident prediction for Arsenal v Man United

The Arsenal legend believes Arsene Wenger's men will ease to a comfortable 3-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson has surprisingly backed Arsenal to ease to a 3-0 win against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Gunners will host their Premier League rivals at the Emirates Stadium looking to return to winning ways following last weekend’s north London derby loss.

Arsenal lost 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur to leave their top-four hopes in doubt as Liverpool moved nine points clear of Arsene Wenger’s side.

Manchester United dropped points in a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Swansea City after Gylfi Sigurdsson cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s penalty.

The Red Devils will take on Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night before the return leg at Old Trafford next week.

Manchester United can qualify for next season’s Champions League if Mourinho’s men win Europe’s second tier competition.

As a result, former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Mourinho will field a weakened side which should help Arsenal to record an emphatic win.

“I’m backing Arsenal for a big 3-0 win and before Manchester United fans go ballistic I’m only backing that result because of my theory. If it was different I’d back the draw because Mourinho can get a draw at will,” Merson told Sky Sports.

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Arsenal drew 1-1 with Manchester United earlier this season after Olivier Giroud netted a late equaliser.

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