Paul Merson states his prediction for Stoke v Arsenal
Paul Merson looks ahead to Arsenal's trip to Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday evening
Paul Merson is backing Arsenal to back up their opening victory by claiming a 3-1 win at Stoke City in their second Premier League game of the season on Saturday.
The Gunners kicked off the new Premier League campaign with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester City at The Emirates last Friday as they managed to secure the three points in front of their home fans.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud wrapped up the win and kicked off the new Premier League season in thrilling fashion.
Now, Arsenal are faced with a trip to Stoke City in the evening game on Saturday as they look to try and build on their opening victory.
And former Arsenal star Merson is tipping the Gunners to claim all three points against Mark Hughes’ side at the bet365 Stadium.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “I was impressed with Arsenal against Leicester, in the sense that it was what you expect from Arsenal – scoring lots of goals and letting in a lot. You want to watch them play.
“Stoke didn’t do well at Everton and they don’t frighten you anymore. They are not like the old Stoke teams, now it’s a good place to go and play.”
Arsenal are looking to drastically improve their Premier League form this season after their disappointing fifth-placed finish in the top flight last term.
The north London side will have to settle for Europa League football this season after they missed out on a top-four finish last term.