Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has predicted a draw against Tottenham Hotspur, when the two north London sides meet on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners go into the game in poor form, having lose their previous three in all competitions, while Spurs go into it having lost on Wednesday to West Ham United, winning all of their previous six before that.

Arsenal have failed to beat their north London rivals in the league since the 2013/14 campaign, when Tomas Rosicky’s wonder strike sealed the three points.

Merson, speaking in his weekly prediction column for Sky Sports, believes that while Arsenal will not gain the three points, the tired legs of their rivals will see this game end in a 1-1 draw.

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The way Arsenal are playing, I just cannot see them getting anything out of the game. No Cech, no Koscielny and if Tottenham get going, start well and score first, I can see it getting out of hand.

The only problem is they looked tired the other day at West Ham and against Swansea, but I am going to go for a very hopeful 1-1, as that is what my heart is saying, but my head is telling me Tottenham are going to win this.

Arsenal are all over the shop at the moment, they have just lost two in a row and are without their best defender and goalie so I do worry for them. This is not the greatest Arsenal team and they do not have a lot of fight in them.

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Arsenal go into the game hoping to regain ground on their opponents, should they beat Spurs at the weekend, they will move level on points with Mauricio Pochettino’s team, both behind Leicester City.