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Paul Merson makes his prediction for Arsenal vs Man Utd
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has offered his prediction ahead of this weekend’s huge clash with Manchester United and he’s backed his former club to get a result at Old Trafford.
After disappointing cup games against Hull City and Barcelona, we get back to Premier League action against United on Sunday looking to build on our dramatic victory over Leicester two weeks ago.
A win would give us a huge boost in the title race and we actually head to Old Trafford as the bookmakers favourites for the first time in the Premier League era.
And Merson understands why as he feels we’ll come away with a 2-1 win, with French international striker Olivier Giroud tipped to end his drought by getting on the score-sheet.
Writing in his Sky Sports column today, Merson wrote:
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.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2
I’d certainly take a 2-1 win this weekend and usually I’d be as confident as Merson that we’ll get the result, but this is United and they somehow always manage to do us over at home.
Despite all their injuries and poor form, I still find it difficult to be too confident heading in to this game. However, we’re more than capable of getting the three points and have a far better squad than then this season, so hopefully we can finally end our poor record at Old Trafford on Sunday.