Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Newcastle v Arsenal

Paul Merson looks ahead to Newcastle's clash with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon

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Ex-Arsenal playmaker Paul Merson is backing his former club to emerge victorious against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Rafa Benitez will be preparing his team for a difficult challenge at St James’ Park, with Arsenal coming into the match off the back of two successive wins.

After losses against Man City and Chelsea, Arsenal bounced back to win against West Ham and Cardiff City, which will see them travel up north full of confidence this weekend.

Newcastle have yet to win a game this season and with Unai Emery’s men displaying a unique attacking verve which has garnered 8 goals in total already, the away side will be favourites to secure another three points.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has suggested that Arsenal will be in for a tough game on Saturday but believes that they will ultimately leave Tyneside with a win.

“Arsenal always give you a chance, as shown against Cardiff,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“That tells you everything. However, Newcastle can’t be relied on to have a go against the big teams.

“They won’t create a million chances against the Gunners and Arsenal will create plenty. Newcastle will sit back and Arsenal will break them down at some point.”

Arsenal really cannot afford to drop any more points, even at this early stage of the campaign, given the intense competition for places at the top of the table.

Supporters will be expecting a strong performance too, as Emery’s revolution continues just four months on from Arsene Wenger’s departure as the club’s head coach.

A new era is dawning at the Emirates as Arsenal aim to make a return to the Champions League next year, having missed out on qualification for the competition for two years running.

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