Paul Merson gives his prediction for Everton v Arsenal

Paul Merson looks ahead to Arsenal's clash with Everton in the Premier League on Sunday

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson is backing Arsenal to keep their push for a top-four finish on track by sealing a 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners have been in good form in recent weeks and they currently find themselves fourth in the Premier League table as they bid to seal Champions League qualification in Unai Emery’s first season at the club.

Arsenal were 2-0 winners over Newcastle United at The Emirates last week as they kept up their push for a top-four finish.

The north London side currently find themselves in fourth place and they know that a win on Sunday would move them back into third place and above their bitter local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

And Arsenal legend Merson is tipping the Gunners to claim all three points when they travel to Goodison Park this weekend.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “This is a massive match.

“Arsenal have got five away games left from seven. I think they can afford to lose one game, when you can do that you want to make sure it’s not the first one of the seven otherwise that puts you under real pressure.

“Everton rinsed West Ham last week and if it wasn’t for Lukasz Fabianski I don’t know what the score would have been.

“But I don’t forget how bad Everton were in the first half against Chelsea in the game before and if they play anything like that I think Arsenal will blow them away as they are very good going forward.

“Arsenal have also got a bit tighter at the back and I think they will get a massive win here.

“They have hard games left with Everton, Leicester and Wolves away. They are games you would not be surprised if they lost but you also wouldn’t be surprised if they won quite comfortably. That’s Arsenal.

“If you are an Arsenal fan that’s what you have to live with for the next six weeks, but they played some good football on Monday against Newcastle and we know they can do that.”

Arsenal will then switch their attentions towards their Europa League quarter-final clash with Napoli on Thursday night.

The Gunners finished outside of the Champions League qualification spots for the last two seasons running under Arsene Wenger, before Emery was brought in as their new boss last May.

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