Paul Merson states his prediction for Arsenal v Man City

The former Arsenal midfielder is backing Manchester City to ease to a 3-1 win against the Gunners on Sunday afternoon

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson is backing Manchester City to ease to a 3-1 win against Arsenal at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The Citizens are looking to remain on the coattails of the Premier League leaders Chelsea with 10 games to go in the 2016-17 season.

Pep Guardiola’s side are in third place and seven points ahead of Arsenal in the race to finish in the Premier League’s top four.

The north London side have fallen off the pace in the Premier League title race and have dropped out of the Champions League qualification places.

Arsenal have lost four of their last six Premier League games to leave Arsene Wenger facing the prospect of missing out on a top-four finish for the first time in 21 seasons.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Arsenal’s home clash against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, retired midfielder Merson backed Guardiola to come out on top against Wenger.

“I think both teams going forward will hurt the other team, similar to City’s game at the Etihad against Liverpool, lots happening and a lot riding on it,” said Merson.

“But I think City will hurt Arsenal on more occasions. Manchester City don’t go anywhere and play for a draw, and neither do Arsenal, but I just think the way the Gunners are so open and lacking in confidence, you dread to think what the score could be if City go 1-0 up early on.”

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Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table but 10 points behind champions Leicester City.

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