Paul Merson has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League action and, despite slating Arsenal for the vast majority of his prediction, he’s gone for his former side to smash us 4-0 on Saturday.
Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal could well blow us away tomorrow, but Paul’s comments and his prediction don’t really add up once again here. He doesn’t describe them as a team who are ready to win so convincingly yet goes for a whopping scoreline anyway.
He barely mentions us in the entire prediction, choosing to criticise an ’embarrassing’ Arsenal (who’ve scored just two goals in there last three in the league), however still expects them to put four past us.
Here’s his comments in full in his weekly column on Sky Sports:
“Nothing has changed at Arsenal. We are 17 games into the season and they are below Burnley. That is embarrassing. You can understand after five or six games, if someone gets off to a flying start, but this is 17 games in. I don’t know where Arsenal are going. I have said before that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will probably stay but now I think they have to go because they are doing nothing.
“Still, I expect them to win this game. If they could have handpicked any team to play it would be Newcastle, who have completely gone.
“Why have Arsenal done well at home and not away? Because it’s easier to play at home. You have a lot of the ball and teams come and play a different way. The teams that win trophies go away from home and stand up and win games.”
Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle
Strange once again from Merson, who has understandable bias in his prediction, but (not for the first time) chooses to barely discuss us in his assessment of the game.
Who knows, we might just prove him wrong – not that I’m holding my breath on recent form!