Arsenal are currently getting to grips with life under new manager Unai Emery after he was brought in as Arsene Wenger’s successor at The Emirates back in May.
The north London side finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last term and they will be aiming to break back into the top four at the very least next term.
Manchester City, meanwhile, will be aiming to kick off the new campaign on a positive note after they ran away with the Premier League title last season under Pep Guardiola.
The Citizens travel to The Emirates in their opener on Sunday looking to get their season off to a good start.
And former Arsenal man Merson has admitted that he cannot see anything other than a Manchester City victory when the Citizens take on the Gunners at The Emirates this weekend.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Merson said: “If you had asked me last Saturday I’d have fancied Arsenal, but City were outstanding last weekend against Chelsea.
“I feel with the new manager, there will be a plan this time from Arsenal, whereas last year they got absolutely rinsed.
“But I think City will have too much for them. With these Arsenal players on the training ground, you’ve got to make drills monotonous to really ram home the message, but I don’t think they’ve had the time yet.”
Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph under Wenger in the 2003-04 campaign.
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