Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has tipped the Gunners to do a league double over rivals Manchester United.
Merson predicted that the Gunners will come out on top in Sunday’s game at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils currently experiencing a poor run of league form.
For the first time in Premier League history, Arsenal will go into the game at Old Trafford as favourites, as they will be facing a dejected United team with only three wins in their last ten Premier League matches. As well as this, Louis van Gaal’s team has been stricken with injuries in recent months. Skipper Wayne Rooney is ruled out for the game, whilst defender Chris Smalling and goalkeeper David de Gea may also miss the game due to injury problems, as well as Anthony Martial.
Merson, in his weekly Sky Sports predictions column, said that the Gunners will come out on top.
Both sides have had European commitments in midweek but I’m not looking too much into that. I’m not sure their midweek exertions will have much of an effect and I see Arsenal coming out on top.
They are the favourites with the bookmakers and I can understand why when you look at the recent form of both teams. Olivier Giroud is the man I’m backing to score first with Arsene Wenger’s side enhancing their title claims with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
In the reverse fixture earlier this season, the Gunners jump started their campaign with a 3-0 win against the Red Devils. In a memorable day for Arsene Wenger’s men, Alexis Sanchez scored a brace and Mesut Ozil netted, capping off a dominant display by the north London side at the Emirates.