Paul Merson states his prediction for Man City v Arsenal

Paul Merson looks ahead to Manchester City's clash with Arsenal at The Etihad on Sunday

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Paul Merson is tipping Manchester City to edge to a 3-2 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League showdown at The Etihad on Sunday.

The Gunners head into the game looking to close the gap to the Premier League leaders down to five points with victory against Pep Guardiola’s pace-setters.

Arsenal are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table and nine points off top spot after 10 games of the new campaign.

Manchester City have been the top performing team in the Premier League by some way this season and Guardiola’s men look as if they are going to take some stopping in the race for the title.

And former Arsenal star Merson admits that he cannot see anything but a home victory on Sunday lunchtime.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “I cannot go for anything other than a City win given the way they play.

“If anyone is going to go there and win, believe it or not, you would go for Arsenal as they play a flamboyant way, they open the game up.

“And if you are going to beat City, you have to have a go. There is no point sitting back and saying, ‘right, let’s try and nick something on the break,’ as they have too many good players who are going to break you open before the end of the game.

“But I am going to go 3-2 to City as I think there will be goals.”

Arsenal were 2-1 winners over Swansea City at The Emirates last weekend, while Manchester City won 3-2 at West Brom.

The north London side are aiming to win the title for the first time since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign.

The Gunners finished fifth but won the FA Cup for the third time in four years last season.

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