Paul Merson makes ‘huge’ prediction about Arsenal v Burnley

The Arsenal legend believes the Gunners will edge to a narrow win over Burnley in a challenging game at The Emirates on Saturday

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Paul Merson has warned Arsenal that they are facing a “huge” game against Burnley at The Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners are looking to make a swift return to winning ways in the Premier League following a surprise 3-2 loss to Southampton at St Mary’s last weekend.

Arsenal had managed to make significant progress in the Premier League under Unai Emery this term despite losing to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in their opening two fixtures.

The north London side managed to go on a 14-game unbeaten run in the Premier League to challenge Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur for a top-four finish this term.

Only Manchester City, Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC have a better home record in the Premier League this season ahead of Burnley’s trip to north London this weekend.

Burnley are languishing in 18th place in the Premier League table following a difficult start to the campaign for Sean Dyche’s team.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing the Gunners to edge to a 1-0 win over Burnley in a difficult Premier League clash for the north London side.

“Huge game for Arsenal, this,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I saw Burnley go to Tottenham and frustrate them, and they nearly got away with a draw. Arsenal struggled against Huddersfield, then went back to the Arsene Wenger way at Southampton, where Saints were holding on for a draw and ended up winning the match! And then Tottenham go and wipe the floor with them.”

He added: “But I do think they’ll just steal this by one. I’ve been saying it all along, the results have been covering over the cracks. You shouldn’t have to come from behind each week or score two or three goals each week to win games; sooner or later that stops.”

Arsenal have finished in fifth spot and sixth place in their last two Premier League campaigns under Arsene Wenger before the Gunners turned to Emery in the summer.

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