Paul Merson states his prediction for Southampton v Arsenal
The Arsenal legend believes the Gunners will ease to a win at Southampton to maintain their unbeaten run on Sunday
Paul Merson believes Arsenal’s current form should see the Gunners ease to a straightforward win against Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday.
The north London side will make the trip to the south coast as Unai Emery’s men look to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games.
Arsenal were 1-0 winners against Huddersfield Town last weekend to secure victory in three of their last four Premier League games.
Only Manchester United managed to hold Emery’s side to a point as Arsenal continue to improve going forward under the Spanish head coach.
Arsenal are unbeaten in 15 of their last 17 games against the Saints to underline their dominance of this fixture in the Premier League era.
However, the Saints will be hoping for an improvement in performances and results since replacing Mark Hughes with Ralph Hasenhuttl, who has been likened to Jurgen Klopp.
A home victory still looks unlikely considering the Saints haven’t won in front of their supporters at St Mary’s since beating Bournemouth in April.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Arsenal to secure a 3-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.
“That was a shocking result for Southampton last week,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“It was end-to-end and maybe they deserved a draw, but the way Arsenal are playing all over the pitch, I can’t see them not getting a result.”
Merson added: “It’s getting to the point where Southampton have to win. You need that honeymoon period with the new manager and they’re in danger of missing even that. If they sit back, it will play into Arsenal’s hands even more.
“In his first home game, you don’t really want to be sitting 10 behind the ball, so it’ll be interesting to see how they set up.”
Arsenal have managed to go 22 games without a defeat in all competitions to build considerable momentum under Arsene Wenger’s replacement Emery.
The Gunners start the weekend in fifth place in the Premier League table.