Paul Merson states his prediction for Arsenal v Southampton
The Arsenal legend is backing the Gunners to ease to a 3-1 victory over Southampton at The Emirates on Sunday
Paul Merson is predicting that Arsenal will ease to a comfortable 3-1 win against Southampton at The Emirates on Sunday.
The Gunners will be hoping to put their top-four rivals Manchester United under pressure ahead of the north west derby at Old Trafford.
Arsenal can also put some daylight between themselves and sixth-placed Chelsea FC, who will be in action against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
The Gunners were 2-1 winners at Huddersfield Town in their last Premier League game to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to the defending Premier League champions at The Etihad.
The north London side will face a Southampton side that have managed to win two of their last six top-flight games to leave them embroiled in a relegation battle.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes the Gunners will beat Southampton at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
“Southampton have put themselves in a difficult position by losing to Cardiff,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“They have a massive game against Fulham coming up and I don’t think they get anything at the Emirates.
“Arsenal beat the lesser teams at home, but I don’t think they have a chance of getting in the top four this season.”
Merson added: “They are not consistent enough and there will be results along the way where they slip up, as they did in the Europa League at BATE Borisov, who are a run-of-the-mill team. They have those results in them and I would be shocked if they got in the top four.”
Arsenal were 3-0 winners against BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday night to overturn their 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Belarus.
The Gunners will be eagerly awaiting their round of 16 opponents as Emery looks to win the competition for the fourth time in his career.
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 and the Gunners have never lifted the Europa League trophy.