Paul Merson states his prediction for Arsenal v Crystal Palace
The Arsenal legend is tipping Crystal Palace to cause an upset at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon
Paul Merson has tipped Crystal Palace to heap more misery on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Gunners lost 2-1 to Bournemouth in the Premier League last weekend despite Spanish defender Hector Bellerin making the breakthrough on the south coast.
Arsenal are winless in their last three Premier League games following stalemates with West Brom and defending champions Chelsea to lose ground on their top-four rivals.
Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t won a top-flight game since a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace in their final game in 2017.
The Gunners are in sixth place in the Premier League table and eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure a Champions League spot.
Arsenal won’t have the consolation of FA Cup glory to rely upon this season following a shock 4-2 loss to Nottingham Forest in the third round last weekend.
Former Gunners midfielder Merson is backing Palace to spring a surprise against Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday.
“Assuming there’s no Alexis Sanchez, I’m trying to make a case for Arsenal winning here,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“I don’t know where they’re going to hurt Palace. If you look at the Palace forwards to the Arsenal forwards, it’s chalk and cheese.”
Merson added: “I’m going for a Palace win. I know people will say: “Oh you’re going against Arsenal again,” but I really can’t make a case for them without Sanchez! Alexandre Lacazette doesn’t look like he will score in a month of Sundays, Danny Welbeck is not a winger, Granit Xhaka is not going to score you a goal, and no matter how good Jack Wilshere is playing he’s not going to be the one who scores you the goals.
“They let in goals for fun, and that’s where Palace are dangerous. Arsenal will have to have a go at Palace and won’t be able to deal with them on the break!”
Arsenal finished outside the top four for the first time under Wenger last season to miss out on a Champions League spot.
The Gunners signed Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and Schalke 04 defender Sead Kolasinac last summer.