Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has yet again provided his weekly predictions in the Premier League.
In the second week of February, the Gunners take on league leaders Leicester City in what could prove a crunch fixture in their season, a potential title decider.
When last the two teams met, it was a comfortable, yet electric victory for the north London visitors to the King Power Stadium, with an Alexis Sanchez hat-trick proving enough to bag all three points in a 5-2 victory.
However, since that game, Leicester have lost just once in the league – to Liverpool – continuing their stunning form and leaving them as arguably favourites to lift the Barclays Premier League trophy in the middle of May.
Merson, who believes that Arsenal will win this game 2-1 and do the double over the Foxes, told Sky Sports News that if Claudi Ranieri’s side bag an early goal, they could run away with the game.
Arsenal have to win this game for me but they are set up perfectly for Leicester, exactly the same as Man City were last week. Arsenal will have loads of the ball and then bang, Leicester will hit them on the counter. Leicester absolutely slaughtered City so Arsenal have got to be careful. They are nowhere near as good a team as Arsenal but they play a certain way which can majorly hurt them.
This game will come down to how the first 25 minutes pans out. If Arsenal score early I fancy them to run away with it but if they don’t I fancy Leicester. Arsenal will continue to bomb forward for a goal and that plays right into the hands of the league’s best counter attacking side. However, having said that, Arsenal’s class should prevail, but it wouldn’t shock me one bit if Leicester won.
The Gunners face Leicester City on Sunday afternoon, with a win putting them within just two points of the league leaders.