Paul Merson states his prediction for Bournemouth v Arsenal
The Arsenal legend is tipping the Gunners to come out on top in a five-goal thriller at Bournemouth on Sunday
Paul Merson is backing Arsenal to emerge victorious in a high-scoring game against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Gunners will make the trip to the south coast as Arsenal look to secure their first Premier League win in three outings.
The north London side have collected three points from their last three games following stalemates with Crystal Palace, Liverpool FC and Wolves.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 games in the Premier League to build some momentum under Arsene Wenger’s replacement Unai Emery.
However, Emery’s side still face question marks about their defending, having conceded 15 times in 12 games in the Premier League so far.
Bournemouth started the weekend in sixth place in the Premier League and four points behind Arsenal after a solid start to the campaign.
However, Eddie Howe’s side have failed to beat a top-six team in the current season following losses to Chelsea FC and Manchester United.
Former Arsenal playmaker Merson is backing the Gunners to ease to a 3-2 win against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
“This is one of those games that make you look silly and I say that because if Bournemouth went and won this 2-0, you would not flinch. And if Arsenal went and won it 5-0, you would not flinch either,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“It is a hard one, but I find it hard to look past Arsenal against teams of a lesser quality who open the game up and say, ‘you have a shot, we have a shot.’ Arsenal’s downfall is when they do that against the better teams, they get beat.
“I think it will be high scoring, so I’m going for Arsenal to win 3-2, although I will give it to both managers, they will have a go and like to open the game up. But Arsenal just have that extra bit of quality…”
Arsenal lost to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in their opening two Premier League games under Emery to prompt questions of the Spanish head coach.
However, his impact has been evident over the last 10 games as Arsenal have shown a greater resilience than in recent seasons under Wenger.