Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Arsenal v Tottenham
The Arsenal legend believes the Gunners will share the spoils with Tottenham in Sunday's north London derby
Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to share the spoils at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs will make the short trip across north London to take on their bitter rivals fresh from two big victories in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Tottenham were 3-1 winners against Chelsea FC at Wembley last weekend thanks to goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side followed up that London derby triumph with a 1-0 victory over Serie A giants Inter Milan to keep their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage alive.
Spurs were 1-0 winners in the last meeting between the north London rivals but Arsenal have a displayed a new-found resilience under Unai Emery.
Indeed, the Gunners are unbeaten in their last 11 games, including a 1-1 draw with second-placed Liverpool FC at The Emirates.
Former Arsenal playmaker Merson is backing Emery’s side to hold Tottenham to a draw in the north London derby on Sunday afternoon.
“If you go by last weekend and it was a horse race, you couldn’t look past Tottenham,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“I thought Arsenal weren’t very good, it was a great result but I don’t know how they can keep on getting lucky. Liverpool was lucky at times, Wolves was lucky at times, Bournemouth was lucky at times, but you hope this isn’t the game where it runs out.
“They have some spirit about them, although against Wolves they were so open, but they’re not losing games which they probably would have last season. You don’t want to be giving this Tottenham team a headstart, and if they play with their normal energy the best Arsenal can hope for is a draw – although they do turn up for these games.
“Tottenham have to play like they did last weekend, or Arsenal have every chance. But if they squeeze them, they haven’t got the ball players to play around it. They should start Mesut Ozil because they need all the passers they can get.”
Arsenal are in fifth place in the Premier League table and three points adrift of Spurs ahead of their meeting at the Emirates Stadium.
However, the Gunners can hoist themselves above Spurs with a victory on Sunday.
The League Cup runners up were 2-0 winners against Tottenham in last season’s north London derby at The Emirates.