Reports are out claiming that Paul Merson believes Arsenal will beat Leicester City in the Premier League this weekend.
The Gunners host the league leaders at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and despite Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes coming off a 3-1 win at Manchester City, Arsene Wenger’s side should have the quality to overhaul this season’s fairytale team.
In his pre-round analysis for Sky Sports, former Arsenal forward Merson wrote: “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 iota if Leicester won.”
Merson’s prediction is a 2-1 win to Arsenal.