Paul Merson states his prediction for Crystal Palace v Arsenal

The Arsenal legend is backing Unai Emery's side to ease to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal to extend their winning run to 12 games in all competitions when the Gunners make the trip to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.

The north London side have won their last seven games in the Premier League to hoist themselves into the top four to reassure concerned Arsenal supporters about Unai Emery.

The Spanish head coach made a slow start to his reign after Arsenal lost 2-0 to defending Premier League champions Manchester City in their season opener before a 3-2 loss to Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge a week later.

However, the Gunners haven’t put a foot wrong since those two losses and the north London side have managed to collected 21 points from their next seven outings.

Arsenal have scored eight times and have conceded twice in their last two Premier League outings against Fulham and Leicester City to earn the Gunners’ attack rave reviews.

Former Arsenal star Merson believes the Gunners will ease to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.

“Arsenal are on an amazing run,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Against Leicester they could have been 3-0 down at the break but were outstanding in the second half. I do not know how they do it. Arsenal’s big worry is when they play Liverpool next week – I dread to think what that score will be.”

Merson added: “They will beat Palace as they will open this game up. Palace cannot score goals. I’m worried for them, they need to start winning games. That pressure is taking its toll on Wilfried Zaha.”

Arsenal were 1-0 winners against Sporting Lisbon in Portugal on Thursday after Danny Welbeck netted a winner in the Europa League clash. The European triumph extended their winning run to 11 games in all competitions.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 and the north London side started the weekend a mere two points adrift of current pacesetters Manchester City and Liverpool FC.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted four goals in 57 minutes of football after the Gabon international came off the bench to score twice in their 5-1 win over Fulham and a 3-1 victory over Leicester City.

The Gunners finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table last term to culminate in Arsene Wenger’s exit after 22 seasons in charge of the north London side.

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